Naughty Gloria and Lucky the Leprechaun

This is how I found Gloria when I arrived at school this morning.

I was shocked.  She was laughing.  I was not amused.

The children couldn’t believe their eyes when they walked into the classroom.  Actually, they were excited after they overcame their initial shock.  Then they discovered all the gold coins, the message Lucky wrote on the whiteboard, and even green water in the toilet.

We went on a treasure hunt to find the 26 gold coins Gloria and Lucky hid all over the school.  The coins had alphabet numbers on top, and when children found them, they had to place them on a magnetic tray, matching the alphabet letters.

I went to my Read-Aloud library group after school, and they were all dressed for St. Patrick’s Day, too.  As you can see, we’re reading “Wishtree”, by Katherine Applegate.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day !


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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44 Responses to Naughty Gloria and Lucky the Leprechaun

  1. A great way to spend St Patrick’s Day, Jennie. Happy Day.

  2. Ritu says:

    Oh, how funny, and engaging!!

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    Jennie, this is awesome! I giggled so much! Lucky and naughty Gloria had fun ~and so did the kids! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️ 💚 ☘️

  4. beth says:

    those leprechauns are such mischief makers and I love that book!

  5. Carla says:

    So much fun. I love it.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Haha! Lucky the Leprechaun gets around. That was the little fellow’s name that used to visit my class. A former 2nd grader (now young adult) reminded me today how I had set out clues at different places to check someplace else in the room. At each step, Lucky left a letter with the next clue. By the end, every kid in the class was excited. The last clue led them to a place (an empty desk) where he left them some green cookies.

  7. Such a fun thing to do. Love it!

  8. beetleypete says:

    Such a treat for the kids to discover that when they arrived. Well done to Gloria! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. GP says:

    Funny, but they left a mess for you to clean up.

  10. Wow. Is learning ever fun in your classroom. What a riot, Jennie. Green toilets too. Ha ha. And I loved the Wishing Tree. I have that book based on your recommendation. Thank you. And thanks for the delightful post. 😀

  11. quiall says:

    Mischievous leprechauns can never be trusted! But they aren’t usually mean. Gloria certainly has a sense of humour! As do you my friend…

  12. Jim Borden says:

    love it. this is what happens when Gloria and Lucky have a bit too much Irish Whiskey!

  13. L. Marie says:

    Oh how delightful! What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  14. Dan Antion says:

    What a treat for the children, Jennie.

  15. oh how much fun! Another reason to love Gloria!

  16. Oh my word, Jennie, what an imagination you have. What fun🎉

  17. What a joy! Lol Sorry, i am once again late, but would not have missed this wonderful piece of “captured Gloria”. 😉 You are having very imaginative pupils, Jennie! I am sure it origins from the teacher itself. 🙂 xx Michael

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