Pirate Theme in the Classroom and Therapy
Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th.
Ahoy Me Hearties!
Pirate themes are enjoyed by people of all ages (with thanks to Johnny Depp and Peter Pan). It is such a fun theme for parties, Halloween, and more, as well as a motivating theme for teaching and therapy. However, September 19th is more than just a party theme... it's THE official "International Talk Like A Pirate Day", for adult and junior pirates alike. Since 2002, pirate personalities have emerged from even the most unlikely scallywags.
LessonPix is the official Talk Like A Pirate Day Special Education resource. Check out our pirate materials in the sharing center. (P.S. There are many pirate free samples - so tell your friends!) If you're an SLP, it's perfect "R" day. OT's and PT's love the pirate activities such as swabbing the deck and walking the plank. Of course, teachers enjoy pirate stories, songs, and games as well!
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There are many wonderful stories about pirates.
- "Shiver Me Letters" by June Sobel
- "How I Became a Pirate" by Melinda Long and David Shannon
- "Pirates Love Underpants" by Claire Freedman
- "Ten Little Pirates" by Mike Brownlow
- "The Pirate Who Said Please" by Timothy Knapman
- "Pirates Go To School" by Corrinne Demas
- "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup
- "There was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map" by Lucille Colondro
- Parrot: Using a stuffed or puppet parrot, the students listen to hear if the parrot repeats what they say correctly. Is it the same or different? (auditory discrimination). You can also use as a rhyming parrot - Parrot rhymes what the children say.
- Yo-ho-ho syllables: Clap out number of syllables in yo-ho, and yo-ho-ho, and so on. Move to clapping out other pirate words.
- Arrr Words!
- Look though cardboard roll spyglass. Use prepositions to describe where things are. "I spy a duck in the water!", "I spy a bird on top of the tree!
- Watch video and sing to Jack Hartmann's Pirate Song
OT Motor Group:
Using LessonPix material - the Treasure Map, the children will follow the map through a series of activities. (I will post the map on the smartboard and have students trace our path.) Here are activites for motor group:
- Swab the Deck - Use mops to play pass with a ball on the tile floor
- Shoot the Cannon - Place sticky notes on wall. Have the students toss bean bag or ball to hit the letters in their name.
- Hook Ring Toss: With a partner, one child tosses rings onto a pretend pirate hook.
- Walk the Plank - walk the balance beam and jump off end into a crash pad mat.
- Swim to shore - Swimming motion in a ball pit
- Dig in the sand for buried treasures. Kids find beads and toy rings in the sandbox.
We will also have a pirate art project:
- Paper plate pirate face.
- Make pirate hat
- Use solo cup and foil to make a hook.
Games and Classroom Materials
Of course LessonPix has MANY games and classroom materials you can create for a pirate theme. Here are a few ideas...
- "I Have... Who Has" pirate theme game
Of course, no pirate day would be the same without the favorite pirate sayings....
- Well Shiver me timbers
- Ahoy Matey
- Ahoy Me Hearties!
- Avast - Stop.
- Aye Aye Captain!
- Batten Down the Hatches!
- Blow Me down!
- Heave Ho'
- Lad / Lass
- Lily Livered
- Pieces of Eight
- Polly want a Cracker?
- Sea Dog
- Thar she blows!
- Walk the Plank
- X Marks the Spot
- Yo Ho Ho
Enjoy the day ye' fine lads and lassies! Fair Winds!