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Pirates! (Set the Stage to Engage)

Did you know that National Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Monday, September 19th? I've got you covered with this Set the Stage to Engage unit all about PIRATES!!! This unit is also perfect for kicking off the year with a pirate theme, teaching -ar, or it can be used as an End of the Year celebration. This unit is packed full of literacy, math, and science fun.

Here are some pictures that Holly Ehle took of this pirate unit in action:

First, we "flip" the classroom so it looks like our students are going on a real pirate adventure. This increases student engagement because they are automatically excited to learn and participate in the lessons.

Next, we make costumes.  These are super easy and super cheap! We have all of the directions and patterns in our pirate unit. 

 I think this picture shows the high levels of engagement going on. As students are working on their math, STEM projects, writing assignments, etc. they are focused and excited about what they are learning. 

We played a fun Walk the Plank game to review some of things we've learned.  SO FUN!  {All of the pieces for this game are included in our unit}

And look how cute the pirate glyphs turned out!

Here's another pic of the glyphs that shows how I displayed them in my room a few years ago.  We've since made a better pattern for the pirate hat, but these are still super cute!

Here's a preview of everything that's included in this unit:


Here's a description of what's included:

*Pirate Glyph with charts, directions, and templates
*Printable math activity for analyzing the data 
includes graphing, ten frames, and tally marks
*If I Were a Pirate Writing template (boy and girl version)
*Stem Project- Build a Pirate Ship 
*Build a Pirate Ship recording sheet
*Science Exploration- Why Do Pirates Wear an Eye Patch?  
*Eye Patch recording sheet
*Pirate pocket chart story 
*Pirate emergent reader
*Fair Shares whole class math activity
*Fair Shares independent activity
*Go Fish! An interactive fishing game with a variety of skills to choose from so that it can be used for at the beginning or end of the year for both K & 1.
*A Pirate Says, AR! Literacy Center game
*All About Macaws (Parrots): A full-color nonfiction reader that tells all about macaws and what makes them great pets. (Note: Macaws are in the parrot family)
*Macaw reading response pages in a variety of formats
*What is a map? Students will learn a wide variety of math skills with these fun, engaging activities. Their new skills will be put to the test as they search for the pirate's treasure.
*Talk Like a Pirate Phrases and Definition Chart
*Buccaneer Grub: Comparing Pirate's food to our food
Have you ever eaten hardtack or had a drink of Swanky? You're not a real pirate until you try it out. Includes Venn diagrams to compare/contrast
*End the unit with a Pirate Party! 
Included are:
*Food suggestions
*Editable invitations to make it extra special
*Full-color directions and templates to make easy, inexpensive pirate costumes
*GAME IDEAS that review skills! Fun and Educational
Each game has directions and full-color pictures
*Swab the Deck Relay Race (2 versions)
*Walk the Plank
*Pass the Pirate's Parrot
*Dig for Treasure
Over 220 pages of learning fun!

Here's the link to purchase this unit from my TPT Store:


  1. Looks like a fabulous unit! I love lessons that flip the classroom!

  2. It is heartening to see these kind of extra, involving activities in preschools. My son, who goes to a west side preschool here in NYC, and I are pleased with the way the school helps kids out with these excellent extra-curricular activities.



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