Sunday, September 23, 2012

National Talk Like a Pirate Day

As I'm sure none all of you were aware,  last Wednesday September 19th was National Talk Like a Pirate Day!  (Seriously ... if you talked like a pirate while giving your order at Krispy Kreme, you got a free donut!)  The primary teachers at my school decided to celebrate this little holiday.  After all, what kid doesn't LOVE pirates, right?  Our school is small (two classes per grade level), so each teacher put together a craft or activity.  The students rotated around visiting the K, 1st, and  2nd classrooms and having all kinds of Pirate Fun!  It was a blast for the teachers too ... I loved seeing my babies from last year and the little kindergartners are presh! One told me I was beautiful ... schmoozing already ;)

Anyway, I got a little carried away with the whole pirate thing.  We integrated pirates throughout the subject areas last week and it was so fun!  Throughout the week we worked on a Pirate Lapbook I created.  I have a confession.  I LOVE lapbooks!  I think they are the neatest way to organize and show case learning on a theme or topic.  I feel like a lot of the worksheets I send home probably end up in the trash are hung on the refrigerator for the whole world to admire.  Ahem, right.  But when you organize it all into an adorable lapbook, it really does become a project for students to be proud of.  When I was explaining lapbooks to my students, one child said, "Oh, so it's kind of like a scrapbook?"  I LOVED that analogy.  And I love scrapbooking.  So I guess that's why I love lapbooks.

This was the front of the lapbook :)

 We started on the inside of our lapbooks with a "Pirates Can, Have, Are" organizer to activate our prior knowledge on the subject (hehe).  Then the kids cut apart and colored pirate theme words to place in their treasure chest.  The side flaps and a poem "Pirates ARRR!" that we wrote together, and a Pirate story problem.  They had to solve with words, a picture, and a number sentence!
The back of the lapbook was maybe my favorite!  We did a little Message in a Bottle writing craftivity.  The kids pretended they were stranded on a deserted island and finished the prompt, "Help!  I'm stranded on an island."  They were so creative ... they wrote all about how pirates had left them on the island, what life was like on the island, and how hot and hungry they were!  We crumpled up the scrolls to give an "aged" look and finished up with a layer of packing tape to give a glassy appearance!  They turned out so cute!

Sound like fun?  Check out the Pirate Lapbook at my TpT store!

And finally, I thought I'd link up with Classroom Freebies and share a fun little pirate themed Math Partner Game with you!  This little game will help your little pirates practice their sums of ten!  Enjoy!

Click on the pic for your copy!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. What a wonderful freebie! How fun! I bet those kids loved pirate day! Super cool how you switched classes doing a different craft. I love the lapbook! I have never seen those done like that before! Thanks for sharing!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

    1. Oh they loved it all right ... I have one little boy who is still whipping on his eye patch whenever I turn my back! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Love the Pirate idea. Kids LOVE LOVE LOVE talking like pirates. I have a three year old and she loves to talk like one. Your pirate activities are adorable. I'm a new follower!
    The Hive

    1. Pirates never get old :) Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm on way over to follow you back!

  3. Super fun glad you shared it on Manic Monday! It sounds like your kids had a great time with National Talk Like a Pirate Day! I am your lucky number 13 follower. Looking forward to some more great posts :)
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

    1. Hi Shawna! Glad you liked the freebie ... gotta love ten frames in disguise :) Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm headed over to follow you back!