According to the special days in September calendar, the 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day! And on our planner, it’s the last day of our pirate unit study that we have been working on a couple of days a week for the past several weeks. It’s been a fun and interesting study. Below are some of the resources we have been using.
For pirate biographies, dictionary, lore, sea sickness, and more http://the-pirate-ship.com/
For learning about how much work it was to sail a full-rigged ship http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6DZIvMZWzQ
Since pirates needed sewing skills for sail repairs we have added some sewing instruction to our lessons.
How to tie knots was also a valuable pirate expertise, so we gave that a try as well. This site has step by step knot tying instructions http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/
Navigation by the night sky was another important sailor know how. For a slide show of Polaris (the north star) and brief facts http://ecuip.lib.uchicago.edu/diglib/science/cultural_astronomy/interactives/polaris/polaris.swf
This PDF is the instructions for making a cork and needle compass http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/for_fun/MakeyourownCompass.pdf
Our lapbook board (we glued these to file folders once the unit study was finished)
Free unit studies and lapbook printables along with book lists and other links to follow http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__pirates.php
“Why are pirates called pirates?” – “They just arrrrrr!” and, lots of other pirate jokes for kids http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/topics/pirate.shtml
Blackbeard, pirate, and treasure chest printable notebooking pages http://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_ss.htm
More pirate themed notebooking pages http://edgalaxy.com/printable-paper-for-teachers/2012/9/22/pirate-themed-writing-pack.html
These are a few of our library finds.
Interactive sunken treasure game http://nationalgeographic.org/education/multimedia/interactive/maps-tools-find-sunken-treasure/
More pirate interactive games (though the games are great for kids, there are pop-up ads in the sidebar and some may not be kid appropriate, so my recommendation is to select the game yourself, then call your child over to play it) http://www.pintgames.com/index.php?params=play-games/pirate-ship&page=1
Interactive “Walk the Plank” Math Games (scroll down a little bit) http://www.math4childrenplus.com/games/
Our chalkboard wall mural. The instructions for how to draw a pirate ship from here were necessary and quite helpful. http://lifestyle.howstuffworks.com/crafts/drawing/how-to-draw-pirate-ships.htm
In conclusion to our pirate unit studies we attempted to make this treasure chest cake!
For other special days in September see https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/08/23/special-days-in-september-2016/
Wishing you smooth sailing!