Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher February 06 2011

Your students will love to make this Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher while learning Saint Patrick's Day words!

Materials:

  • Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher template (color or black & white)
  • Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • List of Saint Patrick's Day words you would like the students to study

Instructions:

Teacher

  1. Make print one copy of the Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher for yourself.  How you choose to print makes a difference. Print Instructions: Go to "print", "properties", "page scaling", "shrink to fit printable area". Printers may vary, so you may want to try another setting if it does not work properly.
  2. Create an example Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher before making several copies. Cutting excess paper straight across the sides can help the green and blue lines match up if they need to be adjusted.

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  3. During instruction, open your example and explain how you color, cut, fold and write to make the Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher.
  4. Write Saint Patrick's Day words on the white board. These words can be included inside the green and yellow boxes. As students play the game they will be required to spell the words on the outside flaps (leprechaun, rainbow, shamrocks and Ireland.) Depending upon assessments, each child may need a different list of words to study for the boxes inside the cootie catcher. They can design their own messages and pictures inside using the words they need to study.

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Students

  1. Color the  Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher.
  2. Cut out the  Saint Patrick's Day Cootie Catcher. (Use decorative scissors to get the effect show in the photograph here.)
  3. Follow the instructions on the printable explaining how to fold and write the notes inside.

Helpful Tips for Printing and Folding

It is not recommended to print color for an entire class. Students can use the black and white version with the green and blue lines, so they can color the cootie catcher themselves. The color copy is meant for the teacher, so it can used as an example. After you print the color version, you will need to cut off the white excess around the edges. Use the lines as a flexible guide, but do what feels best and looks right. As you fold on the blue lines/leprechaun prints it seems to work best if you fold in between both sets of foot prints. The footprints are easier to see than the blue lines inside anyway.

How to Play the Valentine’s Day Cootie Catcher Game:

  1. Ask the person to pick a word on the outside flaps (leprechaun, rainbow, shamrocks and Ireland).
  2. Spell the word as you open the cootie catcher.
  3. Ask the person to choose a picture/words inside.
  4. Spell the words.
  5. Ask the person to choose a picture/words inside the cootie catcher again.
  6. Now, open the flap and read the Saint Patrick's Day message inside.

Recommended Book:

Holiday Readers Variety Pack (Includes Saint Patrick's Day)