Aargh, matey! Children will be excited when you announce the new pirate-themed class unit. Not only is the study of pirates entertaining, but it's also a piece of history. Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Captain Kidd and even today's pirates are biographical lessons used with pirate themes. Create activities that will engage students in the lesson such as making pirate hats and maps, writing in the daily ship's log and researching pirate lingo.
Make Your own Pirate Hat
Folding a pirate hat is an activity that will enlighten the students on pirate wear. Fold a large sheet of blank newsprint paper in half, top to bottom so that the opening is facing toward you. Take the two upper corners and fold down toward the middle, making a point at the top, and fold the small lower edge up over the folded corner pieces. Turn the hat over and push lightly into the opening of the hat for use. Decorate with a skull and bones to make an wearable pirate hat.
Create your own treasure map with a piece of printer paper, some instant coffee and water. Make a cup of cold coffee according to package directions and pour over a piece of white printer paper. Dry in an oven preheated to 93.3 degrees Cor about six minutes. Remove from the oven and allow the children to draw the pathway to buried treasure with markers. "X" marks the spot!
Pirates create their unique speech by using unfamiliar words in odd combinations. Alleviate the stress of learning a new language when each student writes his own pirate dictionary. Instruct the children to write in three columns: Pirate phrase, English phrase and the meaning of the phrase. Remember that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so brush up on your lingo me hearties!
Encourage students to draw a pirate picture on an 8-inch by 11-inch piece of card stock. Sandwich a few pieces of elementary writing paper between the pirate drawing and a blank piece of card stock. Staple in the form of a book and introduce the creation as the pirate ship log. Students can write daily journal entries answering predetermined pirate-themed questions.
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