The Mini Page is a syndicated, four-page tabloid written for young children found each Wednesday in The Denver Post. This issue of The Mini Page is available through the eEdition Archive to registered eEdition subscribers
1. How do you imagine a leprechaun would look? Draw your own leprechaun on a piece of paper. Paste newspaper words that describe your leprechaun around the border of your picture.
2. Go through the newspaper and circle any pictures of leprechauns. Look in the ads in the newspaper. How many leprechauns did you find? Did the leprechauns look happy or grumpy? How many different kinds of leprechaun did you find?
3. Look through your newspaper pages for a week before St. Patrick’s Day (March 17). Make a list of all the references you can find that refer to St. Patrick’s Day. What pictures or illustrations do you find? What special foods might be mentioned? What special events are planned – they might be activities in the community or sales in local stores. What does your research tell you a bout how people in your community view St. Patrick’s Day?
4. How are these important to leprechauns: (a) money, (b) food left overnight o n people’s doorsteps, (c) shoes and (d) harps?
5. Think about the picture of a leprechaun you drew in the first activity and the way you described him. Write a story about an adventure your leprechaun has with a human being. Remember, you can give your leprechaun any magical powers you like.
Mini Page activities meet many state and national educational standards. Each week we identify standards that relate to The Mini Page content and offer activities that will help your students reach them.
This week's standard:
Students understand how stories and artistic creations influence behavior of people living in a particular culture. (Social Studies: Culture)
(standards by Dr. Sherrye D. Garrett, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi)