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Virtual Viewing Party: St. Patrick's Day

On-Demand Event

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Discovery Education Virtual Viewing Party. Gather with classrooms from around the country to learn about the history and mythology associated with this holiday that honors Irish culture and legend. Encourage your students to learn about popular traditions like wearing green and sporting shamrocks.

Explore the history and mythology of St. Patrick's Day

What is a Virtual Viewing Party?

A virtual viewing party is a shared viewing experience of the Discovery Education video, Holiday Kids: All About St. Patrick's Day (Canadian Version). The video discusses the life of St. Patrick and describes how the holiday commemorates the spread of Christianity in Ireland.

Thousands of classrooms will simultaneously access this video and share their thoughts and reflections about the holiday, the life of St. Patrick, and the legends and symbols associated with the day. If this is your first virtual viewing party read our FAQs for additional information.

The content and activities are suitable for all grades but we recommend you preview the video to determine if it is appropriate for your students.

How to Watch

We recommend you download the video, Holiday Kids: All About St. Patrick's Day, in advance of your viewing party for the most seamless viewing experience.

This video is available to all Discovery Education Streaming customers. If you are not currently a subscriber to these services, you can sign-up for a no-obligation 60-day trial to watch the video for this event.

Viewing Party Essential Questions

Who was St. Patrick?

What is a patron saint?

How do religions highlight their tenets through the stories of individual people?

Why is it important to learn about cultures and traditions from around the world?

Join the Discussion

What if we are participating in the on-demand event?

Your class can watch the video any time and join the discussion independently. If you are participating on-demand, you may want to have students review the St. Patrick's Day Padlet or Twitter discussion to compare ideas and make connections. You can also use the suggested resources below to support your discussions.

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Suggested Viewing Activities

To make the most of the virtual viewing party with your class, we suggest the following activities.

Before the Viewing Party

Prepare your students to learn more about St. Patrick's Day with the strategy Can You Guess My 2-1-4? (Canadian Version) from our Spotlight on Strategies series. With 2 facts, 1 clue, and 4 pictures, you can assess students' prior knowledge about the holiday while encouraging them to engage their inference and prediction skills to figure out the topic of study.

During the Viewing Party
The featured video for this event includes prompts and questions throughout. Plan to pause the video when text prompts appear to encourage discussion in your class. Consider creating teams and using the multiple choice questions for a live quiz challenge.

After the Viewing Party
Gather students for a rousing game of Telephone (Canadian Version) to review and have fun with some of the information they've gained about St. Patrick's Day. To get their imaginations going, give them categories such as Things a Leprechaun Might Say or My Favorite St. Patrick's Day Legend.

Offer to share your students' thinking and top qualities via your personal, class, or school Twitter account. Don’t forget to share it all with us on Padlet and Twitter @DiscoveryEd using #CelebratewithDE.

Related Resources

You may also be interested in the following timely resources available from Discovery Education.

Content Collection:
St. Patrick's Day, Grades K-12

St. Patrick's Day Facts and Ideas, Grades K-12

Video Segment:
The Origins of St. Patrick's Day, Grades K-5

St. Patrick's Day in Japan, Grades 6-8