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To Catch a Leprechaun

leprechaun trap

 

Kindergartners demonstrated how their traps would catch leprechauns so they wouldn't create a path of destruction in their classrooms on St. Patrick's Day

Teachers shared with their students how, in years past, leprechauns would creep into their classrooms overturn chairs, leave footprints everywhere, and turn the water green. The magic of their story rubbed off on the students who enthusiastically worked with their parents and siblings to create traps for the leprechauns so they didn’t turn their classroom into chaos.

Before “setting” traps, students shared with one another how they worked. While the St. Patrick’s Day activity is a Fremont Elementary School tradition, teachers also use the practice to introduce students to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math). With the help of their family, students created levers and pulleys for their traps, they discussed gravity and weights, and colorfully decorated their traps.

"Our youngest learners are terrific inventors," said Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, Assistant Superintendent of Innovative Learning, Teaching, and Technologies. "They use creative problem solving skills every day and see the world differently than adults do. This project taps into their natural abilities in engineering, technology and the arts. Our students begin exploring STEAM concepts at a very early age."