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September 6, 2016 Talk Like a Pirate Day Classroom Takeover By Nicole Kent
Grades 1–2, 3–5

    ARR! September 19 is just around the corner. Are YOU prepared to have your class participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day? Nothing is cuter than having your students greet each other in the hallway with a hearty "Ahoy matey," or funnier than the look on your principal's face when the kids carry on their conversations in pirate lingo. Pirate Day also lends itself to great read-alouds, creative writing, and a fun learning day that you and the kiddos will not soon forget.

    To start their day, have the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song playing as the students enter the room. This sets the tone for a special day of learning. On each student’s desk have an eyepatch for them to wear throughout the day. You can easily make them out of black construction paper and string or pick them up cheaply at your local dollar store. The little buccaneers can wear these with pride all day, and definitely gets them into character. Have a list of pirate vocabulary listed on the board for the students to refer to; by the end of the day they will have this down pat!  

    The students can make hats out of black construction paper or scrap pieces of material. Look for remnants at your local fabric or craft store. Do not be afraid to have different patterns, as this makes for a very colorful classroom. So you can join in the kids, wear an eyepatch, or if you have a pirate costume, pull it out and have fun! Read on for ways to fly the Jolly Roger over your school day. Avast!

     

    Read-Aloud Book

    How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

    How I Became a Pirate is a fun, modern-day pirate tale of a little boy, Jeremy Jacobs, who finds himself going from building a sandcastle to joining Braid Beard’s pirate crew. Students are fully engaged and can’t wait to find out where Braid Beard will hide his treasure (and will Jeremy make it back home for soccer practice?)!

     

    Writing Activity

    After reading How I Became a Pirate, I have my students write their own version of the story with themselves as the pirate. I encourage creativity and imagination in their writing. My students read their stories in small groups.

     

     

     

    Treasure Hunt

    Create a school treasure map for students to go on a treasure hunt. Make sure to hide clues around the school for the students to follow. This is a great way to practice teamwork and map skills. Have goodies at the end of the hunt such as pirate pencils, erasers, and gold coins.  

     

     

     

     

    Message in a Bottle

    Each of my students writes a message to put in a bottle to send to their reading buddies in the kindergarten classroom. I use plastic root beer bottles for this creative writing activity. I have the students write a creative story about who they are: what are their interests, their likes and dislikes, etc., and they include a self-portrait. I have the students place the message in their bottles for their reading buddies to read and place on each of the kindergartners' desks. The look on the kinders' faces are priceless when they receive a message in a bottle.

     

     

     

     

     

    Research

    Ask the students why they think that pirates wore eyepatches and create a colorful chart for the answers. Have students work in small collaborative groups and write a group response on sticky notes and read their responses out loud. As a whole class, research the real reason a pirate would have worn an eyepatch. This is a fun way to learn a new fun fact about pirates.

     

    Photo Booth

    Have students dress up in pirate costumes and take pictures with pirate props. These props can be found at a costume shop for very little money. I use a gold earring, a hook, pirate hat, and of course a parrot to place on their shoulder. Students love this! Print out the pictures and display them next to their pirate writing activity.

     

     

    Bulletin Board

    Create a bulletin board using a pirate ship as the central piece with the student pictures and their "How I Became a Pirate" essays. The pirate ship can be made with bulletin board paper and you can use scrap material for the sails. This is such a wonderful display of the pirate shenanigans that take place in your classroom.

     

     

    Additional Books to Read

    Pirates Go to School, by Corinne Demas, illustrated by John Manders

    This is a funny read-aloud with rhyming words and great illustrations. It is full of laughs not only for your kids, but for you as well. This story is about all the silly things that pirates and parrots do when the go to school.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

    This fun story of Jeremy Jacob who had been left at home with his baby sister, Bonney Anne, while his mother left to go get some milk. While his mother is gone, there is a knock at the door and it turns out to be Jeremy's old pirate friends in search of a treasure buried in Jeremy’s backyard. Between caring for the baby and hunting for treasure, much hilarious chaos ensues!

     

     

     

     

    I hope this gives you some ideas to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 with your kiddos. Stay tuned for more exciting learning celebrations in my classroom.

    I’d love to hear all about your celebrations in your classroom. Please take a moment to comment and share your ideas for all to learn from and enjoy.

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching.

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your teaching and your students.

    Remember teaching is the best job in the world!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Nicole

    ARR! September 19 is just around the corner. Are YOU prepared to have your class participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day? Nothing is cuter than having your students greet each other in the hallway with a hearty "Ahoy matey," or funnier than the look on your principal's face when the kids carry on their conversations in pirate lingo. Pirate Day also lends itself to great read-alouds, creative writing, and a fun learning day that you and the kiddos will not soon forget.

    To start their day, have the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song playing as the students enter the room. This sets the tone for a special day of learning. On each student’s desk have an eyepatch for them to wear throughout the day. You can easily make them out of black construction paper and string or pick them up cheaply at your local dollar store. The little buccaneers can wear these with pride all day, and definitely gets them into character. Have a list of pirate vocabulary listed on the board for the students to refer to; by the end of the day they will have this down pat!  

    The students can make hats out of black construction paper or scrap pieces of material. Look for remnants at your local fabric or craft store. Do not be afraid to have different patterns, as this makes for a very colorful classroom. So you can join in the kids, wear an eyepatch, or if you have a pirate costume, pull it out and have fun! Read on for ways to fly the Jolly Roger over your school day. Avast!

     

    Read-Aloud Book

    How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

    How I Became a Pirate is a fun, modern-day pirate tale of a little boy, Jeremy Jacobs, who finds himself going from building a sandcastle to joining Braid Beard’s pirate crew. Students are fully engaged and can’t wait to find out where Braid Beard will hide his treasure (and will Jeremy make it back home for soccer practice?)!

     

    Writing Activity

    After reading How I Became a Pirate, I have my students write their own version of the story with themselves as the pirate. I encourage creativity and imagination in their writing. My students read their stories in small groups.

     

     

     

    Treasure Hunt

    Create a school treasure map for students to go on a treasure hunt. Make sure to hide clues around the school for the students to follow. This is a great way to practice teamwork and map skills. Have goodies at the end of the hunt such as pirate pencils, erasers, and gold coins.  

     

     

     

     

    Message in a Bottle

    Each of my students writes a message to put in a bottle to send to their reading buddies in the kindergarten classroom. I use plastic root beer bottles for this creative writing activity. I have the students write a creative story about who they are: what are their interests, their likes and dislikes, etc., and they include a self-portrait. I have the students place the message in their bottles for their reading buddies to read and place on each of the kindergartners' desks. The look on the kinders' faces are priceless when they receive a message in a bottle.

     

     

     

     

     

    Research

    Ask the students why they think that pirates wore eyepatches and create a colorful chart for the answers. Have students work in small collaborative groups and write a group response on sticky notes and read their responses out loud. As a whole class, research the real reason a pirate would have worn an eyepatch. This is a fun way to learn a new fun fact about pirates.

     

    Photo Booth

    Have students dress up in pirate costumes and take pictures with pirate props. These props can be found at a costume shop for very little money. I use a gold earring, a hook, pirate hat, and of course a parrot to place on their shoulder. Students love this! Print out the pictures and display them next to their pirate writing activity.

     

     

    Bulletin Board

    Create a bulletin board using a pirate ship as the central piece with the student pictures and their "How I Became a Pirate" essays. The pirate ship can be made with bulletin board paper and you can use scrap material for the sails. This is such a wonderful display of the pirate shenanigans that take place in your classroom.

     

     

    Additional Books to Read

    Pirates Go to School, by Corinne Demas, illustrated by John Manders

    This is a funny read-aloud with rhyming words and great illustrations. It is full of laughs not only for your kids, but for you as well. This story is about all the silly things that pirates and parrots do when the go to school.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

    This fun story of Jeremy Jacob who had been left at home with his baby sister, Bonney Anne, while his mother left to go get some milk. While his mother is gone, there is a knock at the door and it turns out to be Jeremy's old pirate friends in search of a treasure buried in Jeremy’s backyard. Between caring for the baby and hunting for treasure, much hilarious chaos ensues!

     

     

     

     

    I hope this gives you some ideas to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19 with your kiddos. Stay tuned for more exciting learning celebrations in my classroom.

    I’d love to hear all about your celebrations in your classroom. Please take a moment to comment and share your ideas for all to learn from and enjoy.

    Don't forget to subscribe to my blog on Scholastic Top Teaching.

    Thanks for reading, have fun with your teaching and your students.

    Remember teaching is the best job in the world!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Nicole

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