This is the first time I have tried this project, and it was a big success! I loved listening to the planning and logic the students used for creating their leprechaun traps. (There was even a short ethical discussion about how humane the traps should be, and one child stated that she did not want to come back to school to find a “bloody leprechaun”.) We used all kinds of materials – from buttons to plastic eggs – but the biggest hit were the “jewels” I had left over from 4th grade’s Faberge Egg project.
The morning was a whirlwind, so I did not get a chance to have each child explain how his or her trap works. I am going to videotape them after Spring Break, so you can hear their ideas.
Thank you to all of the parents who helped us out! I don’t often have adult assistants in the classroom, and today it was definitely appreciated!