Monday, May 23, 2011

Argh, Some Pirate Fun For You

When I taught Gen Ed 1st grade I used to have an end of the year Pirate Party! Since I left FL I had not revisited my favorite Pirate Theme. I am happy to announce that this year I am going back to my roots.

My fellow teachers think I am nuts because I am putting up stuff as they are all taking theirs down. :/ However, I could not resist making a Pirate themed bulleting board.
 It reads "We ARGHHH ready for 1st and 2nd grade. Aye, Matey, we be landlubbers no more. In 1 weeks time we set sail on a voyage of a lifetime." I think I will all my students sign it. Miss. Maddie suggested I take pictures of my students walking, shrink them and place them on the ship. Great idea, but I don't think I have time to do it. Maybe next year.

Each day last week I read a new pirate story:
Monday: How I became a Pirate
Tuesday: Pirates Don't Change Diapers
(We watched the sequel on Tumble books)
Wednesday: The Gingerbread Pirates
Thursday: The Night Pirates
Friday: Pirate Pete
I did not realize how many pirate books I had.

This week we will read from 2 B&N books. I just had to have when I saw them on the shelf.
I also found some new stories I will be buying for next year.

These were the activities we did after we read our Pirate books:
1. We made a pirate hat From Kids Craft Weekly
2. We made an eye patch
3. We drew a  a treasure map

4. Wrote 3 pirate adventure story using writing paper from Lynda Morgart's Pirate Gold Unit.
AND we
5. Made a Pirate Glyph
I was inspired by Deanna Jump's Pirate glyph and decided to make my own. :)
Here is the Pirate Glyph template I made:
(I printed the first sheet on tan paper so they wouldn't have to spend too much time coloring it in.
Pirate Glyph
Pirate Glyph 2
Here is a picture of our Pirate Glyph Key

Here is what they look like:

We have also done some great activities from from Lynda Morgart's Pirate Gold Literacy & Math Activities. If you have not checked it out please do so. She practically did all the work for me.

This week we will continue to read our pirate books, watch The Muppet's Treasure Island and have a Pirate Party. We will wear all of our pirate gear at our pirate party and we will get to eat some delicious "Gold" popcorn!

We've had a BLAST!


  1. Oh my word! Thank you so much for the shout out!! You are too sweet and I am so glad that you and the kiddos are enjoying the unit :)
    Curls and a Smile

  2. Oh my gosh, SO fun! I love pirates!!!

  3. Oh my goodness, this is so incredibly cute, I might just steal it to survive my last week of school!!! :) I was thinking luau, but at almost 7 months pregnant I was getting tired just thinking of ideas and contacting parents to help me out. Your idea is just as fun and possibly more cute!! I really think you might have just saved my life today, thank you!! :)

    Frogs and Fairy Tales

  4. Okay, this is SO darling!! I want to try everything. Plus I may just have to order some of these books! Thanks SO much for the fun ideas. I just tweeted this link, too!

  5. Thank you for sharing your glyph. I plan to use it with my kindergarten next week.

  6. I can't find the pirate paper on the link that you gave to the other blog. Can you help? We just finished our pirate stories and I need paper for their final drafts :) I have been looking hard, so I don't have to recreate :)

    I am a k-4 writing specialist and just started getting into the BLOG world. Come check it out. I am your newest follower. Thanks


  7. Hi Heidi,
    The writing paper is part of Lynda's unit that is on TPT for purchase.

    Thanks for being a follower! I am off to go visiting. :)

    Ms. M

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  9. Love this!!! Read Gingerbread Pirates last year during the holidays. I baked gingerbread man cookies that my students decorated to be pirates! We broke off one leg and used toothpicks for wooden legs :)

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