Pirate Theme

We are having spirit week and today our whole school got to dress like a pirate.  (of course I am sick, and had to go home at lunch, but we still managed to do some “piratey” things before I left.  🙂  I want to do a pirate unit later in the year, so we just did a couple of things with this theme today.

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I started by reading “How I Became a Pirate,” and I must say because I am sick, I did a REALLY good pirate voice.  The kids loved this book!

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Then we decided to make a treasure map.  We talked about all of the different things that are outside on our playground that we could add to our map.  I had the students label their map to practice writing the sounds they hear and to practice labeling.  We crumbled our maps up to give them the “aging” effect.

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Finally, we made a pirate craft.  I found this craft on pinterest, and it inspired me to make one out of paper instead of a paper plate.

Step 1: The students cut and pasted the head to the bandana.

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Step 2: The students drew an eyepatch and a smile in marker.

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Step 3: We added polka dots to the bandana using the eraser top of the big pencils.
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Step 4: I helped them hole punch the ear and add a pipe cleaner earring!  🙂 

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We also took time to water color some parrots!

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23 responses to “Pirate Theme”

  1. Unknown Avatar

    This looks like fun! I would have never of thought to have a pirate theme in my classroom….GREAT idea!!


  2. Jennifer Avatar

    Your pirates turned out soooo cute! I'm sorry you feel sick! Stay home tomorrow and rest!
    Rowdy in First Grade

  3. Melanie Conger Avatar
    Melanie Conger

    Super cute! They turned out great! Their treasure maps are awesome.

    First Grade Brain Sprinkles

  4. Lori Avatar

    So much fun! Love this book and the ideas you did to go with it!
    Conversations in Literacy

  5. Jennifer Avatar

    Do you have a template for the bandana?
    Rowdy in First Grade

  6. Michelle Rist Avatar
    Michelle Rist

    Such a fun site! Glad you found mine so I could find yours! I am follower 145! : )

  7. Michelle Griffo Avatar
    Michelle Griffo

    I can scan the template tomorrow!

  8. Anonymous Avatar

    LOL…This totally explains why MaiaMoo was going to town drawing arrows and dotted lines on paper napkins after dinner tonite!

  9. Tonia Avatar

    love your pirate! Kinder friendly! I have been wanting to do a pirate unit, I will grab this idea. just found your blog, great ideas.

  10. Unknown Avatar


    I'm curious to know how long are your themes/units?


  11. Michelle Griffo Avatar
    Michelle Griffo

    Christie, I do them for about a week….and I try to tie everything into a theme…


  12. Unknown Avatar

    Those pirates turned out really cute!! Love it!!

  13. Sandi  Avatar

    I love doing a pirate theme – I always do it right at the end of the year. It means i get to growl at them and tell them to do what I say or they will have to walk the plank. And it's all good. What fun to have a whole school pirate day.

  14. Mrs. Tolbert Avatar
    Mrs. Tolbert

    Such cute ideas…..which is why I nominated you for an award! Come check it out!
    Daisy Days for Learning

  15. Doodle Bugs Avatar
    Doodle Bugs

    Oh My! These pirates are precious too!!!

    Doodle Bugs Teaching
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  16. KindergartenKim Avatar

    Do you have a copy of the bandana? Your site is wonderful
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  17. Christy Brown Avatar
    Christy Brown

    I love your pirates and the map project! That's great! I am new to blogging, but hope you would join mine as well!

  18. the classroom creative Avatar
    the classroom creative

    I'm partial to pirates, it was my high school mascot! We included your post @ theclassroomcreative Summer Reading Activities. Hope you're enjoying your summer- Karen & Nicolette

  19. mrsjanellebush Avatar

    Hello! I am your newest follower. Please check out my blog and follow. I would love to share ideas with you.
    Mrs. Janelle


  20. Kaija Avatar

    What a CUTE idea! I Love it! I love your blog! I just started a blog- come visit and grab a Halloween freebie! teach2blossom.blogspot.com
    Thanks again for sharing your neat ideas!

  21. Paula's Primary Classroom Avatar
    Paula's Primary Classroom

    I love your adorable pirate, and your ideas about pirate books and activities. Thank you for sharing! My preschoolers made the pirate face and loved it, as did their parents. I've included a link back to you about it on my blog, http://paulaspreschoolandkindergarten.blogspot.com/2014/03/x-marks-spot.html. Thank you for sharing!

  22. Unknown Avatar

    This is one of my favorite books to read in my classroom! I love the idea of the making the pirate. Is there anyway that I could get a copy of the template for this craft!? Thanks for sharing!

  23. Unknown Avatar

    Such cute ideas. Would you be able to share the bandana template? Thank you!
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