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The Best Sites for
St. Patricks Day and
April Fools Day

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With St. Patricks Day (March 17th) and April Fools Day (April 1st) coming so close together, I thought that it would be good to combine the two in a The Best" list. Here, then, are my picks for The Best Sites for Learning About St. Patricks Day and April Fools Day. They arent listed in any order of preference.


Heads Up English has a good article about the holiday, with audio support for the text.

Theres a good St. Patricks Day Lesson at EL Civics.

5-Minute English has a short article and comprehension questions about the holiday.

MES Games has a vocabulary building activity for St. Patricks-related words.

Of course, The History Channel has a great site on the holiday.

Language Lab has a good text completion activity for the day.

Learn English Feel Good has a vocabulary quiz.

Activities for ESL Students has a St. Patricks Day Quiz.

Renee Maufroid has created a good Hangman game about the holiday.

Flickr offers a ton of photos from the huge St. Patricks Day Parade that takes place in New York City each year.

You can send an eCard from the BBC and post the link on a student/teacher Web site. You can do the same at Blue Mountain and American Greetings. All three appear to host the cards indefinitely.

Resources Pour Le College has a good St. Patricks Day Scavenger Hunt designed for English Language Learners.

ESL Holiday Lessons has a page on St. Patricks Day that provides audio support for the text.

Read and listen to a talking book about Ireland at Apples 4 the Teacher.

CBS News has a special St. Patricks Day page.

The BBC has an interactive book on the holiday.

National Geographic has some facts on the holiday.

Woodlands Junior School in Great Britain has some short and accessible info on St. Patricks Day.

The San Francisco Chronicle has photos of St. Patricks Day celebrations throughout Northern California.

The Boston Globe has images of Bostons St. Patricks Day Parade.

A Brief History of St. Patricks Day is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Theres also a slideshow of Denvers St. Patricks Day parade. Heres another set of images from the same parade.

Deseret News offers slideshow of a similar parade in Utah.

Reuters provides a video of a celebration of the day in Ireland.

The New York Times has a slideshow about the St. Patricks Day Parade in New York City.

Look at images of green food for St. Patricks Day from the New York Daily News.

St. Patricks Day Pride is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.

Sky News has pictures of St. Patricks Day Parties Around The World.

St. Patricks Day is a series of images from the Sacramento Bee. Heres another Sacramento Bee slideshow.

And if you want to learn more about Ireland, here are links to several other resources specifically designed with English Language Learners in mind (several are interactive):

MSNBC has a slideshow about Dublin, Ireland.


Heads Up English has a good overview of April Fools Day and provides audio support for the text.

You can find a short article with reading comprehension questions about April Fools Day at 5-Minute English.

Learn English Feel Good has a vocabulary quiz about the day.

A short article with comprehension questions can be found at Second Nature Online English.

Heres a relatively simple history of April Fools Day.

ESL Holiday Lessons also has a lesson on April Fools Day that provides audio support for the text.

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