Ahoy Thar Mateys: Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th in style and your students will want to swab their desks!
These activities are sure to have ye class using de pirate jargon an havin some fun whilst integratin readin and writin. I would dress as a pirate, and ask the children to bring in any pirate books they have to share with the class…maybe even a pirate hat or two would help set the scene. Hey, it is a Friday so make it a Fun Friday! You can also make a 3-D pirate hat with the directions included in this packet! Everyone can go home as a “pirate”
Share the book: “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long/ Illustrated by David Shannon. (It is the best fiction pirate book out there for young readers!)
Before you read the story give children “Thinking Partners”. As you read stop every few minutes to have children discuss the story by asking questions that encourage making predictions, inferences and cause and effect. As you ask these questions, have the partners share their ideas and then share a few out with the class. This Think/Pair/ Share is a great way for all the children to be engaged in the story as you read. Think of what strategies your class needs and ask questions accordingly.
When you are finished with the story you may start to use the pirate jargon which is listed on the next page. Feel free to look up more phrases on the internet, but these are the most common and appropriate for young learners. You may even want them to infer what each phrase means as you use them. This will get your class thinking critically while having fun.
As a follow-up you may use the craftivity where the children make themselves as a pirate and respond by saying what they would do if they found the treasure or the BME to sequence the story or mix and match or use both. My sample is a bit different because I did all the work on the computer. Your class will make theirs using the templates. Hint: I buy inexpensive blush form the dollar store to let the children blush their cheeks on their project…needless to say the girls love it!!!
The project can then be put together and glued (optional) onto 12 X18 construction paper.
WORDS and PHRASES that pirates use: These can be used during the day or in a Morning Message. You can also write them on the Smart Board for children to make inferences about the meaning of these phrases.
Avast ye: Stop and pay attention
Ahoy there Matey: hello and goodbye
Shiver me timbers: wow, shock or disbelief
Me likes: I like
Arrrr: angry ending to a word.
When talking like a pirate make sure you slur your words.
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