Get your year off to a jolly roger good start with this “Primary Pirate Pack” for your pirate themed classroom. This pack includes the following 13 pages:
1. PIRATE OF THE WEEK (Pages 1-3): A note home explaining this “get to know your students” project to your parents. Begin this nearly year-long project when you set sail at the start of the year and let each of your buccaneers have a chance to share their favourite things and interests with their shipmates! Also includes a “Pirate Profile” template to be included as part of their presentation board.
2. PIRATE LOG BOOK (Page 4): Copy this handy cover page onto cardstock and create a journal, busy book, learning log, communication book or homework book that suits your sailing needs! (Note: There are two covers per page, so cut in half and place another piece of cardstock on the back to create your book).
3. MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TIME CAPSULE ACTIVITY (Pages 5-7): During the FIRST WEEK of school have your mateys complete the first two pages (I photocopy them back and front and cut in half) without any assistance (e.g., drawing a pirate picture of themselves, printing their name, writing their numbers as far as they can, printing the alphabet and telling what they are excited about this school year). Roll the activities up, tie them with a string that you use to measure how tall they are and place in an empty 500mL water bottle labeled “Thrown out to sea September 2013. Not to be opened until June 2014”. Place all of the bottles on display in a bucket somewhere in your classroom for the year and during the LAST WEEK of school complete the activities independently again (e.g., the last two pages). Return their “Message in a Bottle” from the beginning of the year and allow them to open it to compare their work from the beginning of the year with their work from the end of the year to see how much they’ve grown academically—including unraveling the string and holding it beside them to see how they’ve grown physically too!
4. 100th DAY AT SEA (SCHOOL) ACTIVITIES (Pages 8-10): Simply fill in the date for your anticipated celebration and sign and send this note home for some handy suggestions on how to prepare your buccaneers and celebrate this jolly milestone aboard your ship (e.g., bringing in “100 Treasures” and “How to Dress Like a Pirate”)! Also includes a reminder note to be sent home the day BEFORE your celebration and a handy cover page to organize all of your lil mateys’ 100th Day Activity Sheets!
5. *BONUS* “READ THE ROOM” CARDS (Pages 11-13): Common words to label your classroom for those early writing skills all in a fun (clear) pirate font. Simply print on cardstock, laminate, cut and attach to common items in your classroom to help students during writing activities. 27 words in all (e.g., desk, chair, lights, window, table, door, computer, etc.).
I hope you have as much fun as my crew and I did using these activities in our pirate themed classroom this year. We even made the local newspaper on our 100th Day at Sea in our pirate costumes! Avast me hearties! Tis’ smooth sailing ahead this school year with these swashbuckling activities!
(These activities were used in a First Grade classroom but could easily be adapted to any of the Early Years or Primary Grades.)