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TEACHER TRAININGToy Story: Lucky the Leprechaun

Lucky the Leprechaun never knows how many coins he'll find in his secret pots. Will his luck will be growing or shrinking when he strolls through the countryside checking on his pots of gold?

The story’s voices, gestures, and facial expressions help kids learn about counting and number. Increasing and decreasing patterns are introduced through child-centered humor and play.

Children draw story maps and retell the story to show their understanding of the underlying number pattern. Through different retellings of the tale, students discover all the patterns that make up the 100’s chart!

About this Workshop

In this arts integration STEM training math teachers learn storytelling skills that help children analyze growing, shrinking and number patterns. Join this participatory workshop to practice the storyteller’s craft of creating voices, facial expressions, and gestures that bring a story to life. Then discover how to animate small toys and simple objects while leading students in the telling of a story. As the storytelling unfolds, the number and pattern concepts that underlie the story are revealed. Students draw a map of the story’s sequence of events to demonstrate their comprehension of both the story and the underlying math concepts.

The Moving Through Math Toy Story titled Lucky the Leprechaun is used to teach growing and counting patterns in Pre-K and Kindergarten. This story is also used to teach doubles patterns, place-value patterns, and 100’s-chart patterns in grades 1 and 2. Teach this story to your students and watch their ability to analyze patterns explode!


Grade Level: Pre-K - 2

Number of Participants: 35

Workshop Time: 3 hours

Workshop Setup

  • LCD projector and Screen

  • Speakers

  • Chairs arranged in a semicircle facing the screen

Resources Required

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