PIRATES – ROBBERS OF THE SEAS
SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PIRATES:
THERE WERE 3 KINDS OF PIRATES
1. Buccaneers – West Indies Pirates
2. Corsairs – Mediterranean Pirates
3. Privateers – Shared loot with the government
The most famous pirate flag was the Jolly Roger.
Pirates wore eye patches to help them adjust to night vision when they went below deck.
There were female pirates, too.
Blackbeard was the most feared pirate.
Pirate ships had a Code of Conduct. They had “zero tolerance” for rule breakers.
MAKE A PIRATE TREASURE CHEST
This craft is a great way to end a pirate unit or to begin a pirate party. Print the pattern on cardstock paper. Have each child decorate and assemble their treasure chest. Fill each treasure chest with food: Chocolate coins, popcorn, vanilla wafers… And fabulous prizes: Temporary tattoo, eye patch, tiny telescope, skull ring…
You can apply this project to your curriculum in many different ways:
MATH – MONEY: Place a few plastic coins in each treasure chest. Give your students a class list. Have them print the amount of money they counted next to each student’s name.
SOCIAL STUDIES – The history of pirates. Mapping: Make a map of your classroom or playground. Hide a treasure chest. Mark the location on the map. Have groups of children use the map to find the treasure.
ART – Look at seascape paintings by Monet, Rembrandt, Hokusai, Turner, Van Gogh, or Homer
SCIENCE – INVENTIONS FOR SAILING: Maps, Telescope, Magnetic Compass, Astrolabe…
READING – Here are some great pirate themed books:
Molly Rogers, Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke
The Treasure of Pirate Frank by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham
Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Pirate’s Perfect Pet by Beth Ferry
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle
The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle
Tough Boris by Mem Fox