With St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and April Fool’s Day (April 1st) coming so close together, I thought that it would be good to combine the two in a “The Best…” list.
I don’t mean to be a “party-pooper,” but I have to say that I believe that April Fool’s Day can often be “celebrated” in a way that can seem somewhat cruel. However, I think it’s important that English Language Learners be aware of it and also learn how to participate in a fun and respectful way.
Here are my picks for The Best Sites For Learning About St. Patrick’s Day and April Fool’s Day (and are accessible to English Language Learners — by the way, these aren’t listed in any order of preference):
ST. PATRICK’S DAY:
There’s a good St. Patrick’s Day Lesson at EL Civics.
5 Minute English has a short article and comprehension questions about the holiday.
MES Games has a vocabulary building activity for St. Patrick’s-related words.
Of course, The History Channel has a great site on the holiday.
Language Lab has a good “text completion” activity for the day.
Learn English Feel Good has a vocabulary quiz.
Here’s a student-written history of St. Patrick’s Day.
Activities For ESL Students has a St. Patrick’s Day Quiz.
Renee Maufroid has created a good “Hangman” game about the holiday.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a page on St. Patrick’s Day that provides audio support for the text.
Read and listen to a “talking book” about Ireland at Apples 4 The Teacher.
CBS News has a special St. Patrick’s Day page.
National Geographic has some facts on the holiday.
Woodlands Junior School in Great Britain has some short and and accessible info on St. Patricks’ Day.
The Boston Globe has images of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
A Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day, a slideshow from TIME Magazine
A slideshow of a similar parade in Utah.
A video of a celebration of the day in Ireland from Reuters.
The New York Times has a slideshow about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.
St. Patrick’s Day Pride is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
St. Patrick’s Day is a series of images from the Sacramento Bee.
As is typical, Mrs. Haquet at Frenchfrog’s Little English Pond has developed the best ELL resource for a holiday.
This time, it’s an Interactive Book On St. Patrick’s Day.
ESL Courses has multiple St. Patrick’s activities designed for ELL’s.
Who Was St. Patrick? is a video from MSNBC.
Pipes and Drums For St. Patrick’s Day is another video from MSNBC.
The White House Goes Green is an ABC News video.
Best 17 Ways to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day is a slideshow from ABC.
St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is a slideshow from The New York Times.
Going Green On St. Patrick’s Day is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
The Telegraph has pictures from Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day.
Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day Quiz.
Here’s a New York Times video on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in that city.
10 Things You Didn’t Know About St. Patrick’s Day is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.
St. Patrick’s Day 2010 is a slideshow from The Washington Post.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a slideshow from MSNBC.
The Wall Street Journal has a slideshow with the same title.
8 St. Patrick’s Day Tales and Traditions is from TIME.
And if you want to learn more about Ireland, here are links to several other resources specifically designed with English Language Learners in mind (several are interactive):
MSNBC has a slideshow about Dublin, Ireland.
Here are some internet scavenger hunts for the holiday.
Let’s Have Fun With English has a nice video exercise on St. Patrick’s Day.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
It’s About Immigrants, Not Irishness. Here’s how it ends:
So let’s have one day — March 17 — where the word “immigration” is not immediately followed by the word “problem” in our national conversation. Because that has never, ever been our real immigrant story. St. Patrick’s Day reminds us to celebrate, not despise or fear, immigrants. And the hyphenated-Irish, descendants of the first “immigrants,” ought to lead the parade.
St. Patrick’s celebrations go green is a CNN slideshow.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a NY Times slideshow.
St. Patrick’s Day In New York City: 100 PHOTOS From 100 Plus Years Of The Parade (SLIDESHOW) is from The Huffington Post.
Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day infographic.
And here’s a fun video:
Who Was St. Patrick? is a CBS News video.
St Patrick’s Day celebrated around the world – in pictures is from The Guardian.
In pictures: millions celebrate St Patrick’s Day around the world is from The Independent.
APRIL FOOL”S DAY:
Heads Up English has a good overview of the holiday and provides audio support for the text.
You can find a short article with reading comprehension questions about April Fool’s Day at 5 Minute English.
Learn English Feel Good has a vocabulary quiz about the day.
A short article with comprehension questions can be found at Second Nature Online English.
Here’s a relatively simple history of April Fool’s Day.
ESL Holiday Lessons has a lesson on April Fool’s Day that provides audio support for the text.
April Fools! is a lesson from The New York Times Learning Network.
Greetings From the Land of the Make-Believe Species is a slideshow from Smithsonian Magazine. Here are other “hoax” related resources from the magazine.
I’d certainly be interested in hearing other suggestions, so please feel free to leave them in the comments section.