It was a double celebration Tuesday in my classroom. We just wrapped up our second trimester and as always we mark the end with a publishing celebration. This is a time where we put all of our desks into a circle and everyone shares a piece of their writing with the class. Now, some kids love to share their work and some would rather crawl into a hole than read their writing out loud to the class. I tell my students I absolutely get it. As many word as I write and put out there for the world to see, I can still get nervous when I actually have to read my words out loud to a room of expectant eyes and alert ears.
Tuesday was also St. Patrick’s Day, and one of my students wanted to celebrate the holiday. “Ok,” I said , “Go ahead and plan a green potluck to go along with our publishing party.” The kids did a fantastic job brainstorming ideas, planning the menu, and creating a signup sheet. The student organizer even took it upon herself to write up reminder notes and pass them out to the volunteers.
So Tuesday with most of my students dressed in varying shades of green, they moved all the desks into a circle, set up a green-food themed buffet and enjoyed many yummy treats while everyone shared aloud a piece of writing.
A St. Patrick’s Day Green Potluck in the Classroom:
- Snap Peas
- Green Veggie Dip
- Apple Slices
- Kiwi Slices
- Green Chips
- Green Salsa
- Green Salads
- Lime Jello
- Green Rice Krispy Treats
- Green Frosted Cookies and Mini Cupcakes
- Green Dipped Pretzels Sticks
As a side note, our school does had a nutritional policy that states that any classroom celebrations that includes food must include no more than 20% dessert or sweet foods in the menu. Our students are very happy to bring in and share salads, veggies, and fruits. Of course, they like the desserts as well, but the salads were actually gobbled up first! We had left over cookies, but the salads were gone.