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.
You can send an e-card at Blue Mountain.
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.
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
The New York Times has a slideshow about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day in New York City is a slideshow from The New York Times.
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.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a slideshow from MSNBC.
8 St. Patrick’s Day Tales and Traditions is from TIME.