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What do leprechauns do? They bury a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, of course. But as Mrs. Bally Bunion’s ox, Miss Maude Murphy’s hen, and Old Jamie soon find out, they can’t resist having a little fun along the way. For, besides burying pots of gold, mischief is what leprechauns do!

This fun story is a great springboard into various lessons. Grab our free That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study and Lapbook and start learning all about Ireland, leprechauns, rainbows, clouds, and more!

That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting.

Here are some sample lessons from the That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study.

Legends: Leprechauns
Eve Bunting provides Leprechaun Legends information at the back of the book. Read through the information with your student, and help him record what he learned in the Leprechaun Legends book.

Human Relationships: Practical Jokes
The leprechauns in our story are mischievous. They play all kinds of pranks on people. Explain to your student that sometimes practical jokes are funny, but sometimes they can be mean. If a joke could cause someone to get hurt (or hurt their feelings) or scare someone, it’s not funny. However, there are lots of fun jokes we can play on people. Since April Fool’s Day is right around the corner, consider letting your student choose some pranks to play on some family or friends.

Science: Rainbows
Learn the colors of the rainbow in order: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Many people use the “name” ROY G. BIV to help them remember the correct order.

Give your student a paint palette (we use a plastic lid!) with red, yellow, blue, and violet paint. 

Show your student the order of the rainbow colors. What happens when she mixes red and yellow? What happens when she mixes yellow and blue? What happens when she mixes blue and violet? Have fun with this.

Science: Clouds
My son has often asked, “What are clouds made of?” You may want to ask your student this question. Does she know? What does she think they could possibly be? Clouds are made up of millions of tiny droplets of water and ice. Each of these droplets of water is smaller than a grain of flour, and they are so light that they can float on air. Get out some flour. Can you find an individual grain? Show the flour to your student and explain that the water droplets in a cloud are tiny!

You can grab a copy of the entire That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

That’s What Leprechauns Do Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, the file also includes mini-books for a That’s What Leprechauns Do Lapbook.

  • My Book of New Words
  • My Leprechaun Story Pocket
  • Leprechaun Legends Simple Fold Book
  • Leprechaun Pranks Mini-book
  • Where Is Ireland? Map Book
  • My Watercolor Rainbow Simple Fold
  • The Flag of Ireland Mini-book
  • Dressing for the Weather Tri-fold
  • Rainbow (ROYGBIV) Window Book
  • What Is a Cloud? Shape Book
  • Practical Jokes Mini-book

Lapbook Example

Here is a sample That’s What Leprechauns Do Lapbook. It was made with one file folder and a piece of cardstock taped to the center to form an additional flap. If you are new to lapbooking, read through How to Make a Lapbook.

Extension Flap Lifted

How to Get Started with Your That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the That’s What Leprechauns Do Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, That’s What Leprechauns Do, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the That’s What Leprechauns Do unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of laughing and learning with leprechauns!

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St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning Unit Study
Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland Unit Study
Ireland Lapbook
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