Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Word Association ~ Discuss words associated with pirates, such as eye patch, bandanna, treasure chest, spyglass, ship, map, skull and crossbones, buccaneer, cannons, cutlass, islands, sea, robber, plank, mutiny, shipwreck, parrot, etc.
Being A Pirate ~ Discuss what a pirate is (sea robber/raider/criminal) and what life was like for them, including long days at sea, ate little or rotten food, lack of fresh water for drinking or bathing, caught terrible diseases, fighting other pirates or living in fear of being caught and punished for their crimes. Pirates who attacked Spanish ships in the Caribbean were known as buccaneers. A Pirate’s Life For Me: A Day Aboard A Pirate Ship by Julie Thompson is a great book for this theme because it offers brief tidbits of information on various aspects of a day in the life of a pirate. To expand the lesson, you can offer a comparison between a pirate and a privateer (a private sailor who worked for a government and was authorized to attack foreign ships as opposed to a pirate who worked for himself and attacked any ship it deemed worthy of having goods or treasure). Some privateers ended up becoming pirates, such as Captain Kidd.
Traveling By Sea ~ Discuss navigational related themes such as the compass, compass points, maps and charts, spyglass, cross-staff/quadrant, latitude and longitude, and navigating by the stars. You can also introduce the concept of a captain’s diary or journal used to keep track of their travels, and how islands were used as stopping points and common locations for burying treasure temporarily to keep it hidden from others.
Pirate Talk ~ Have fun discussing some common words and phrases used by pirates. You can even have the child(ren) come up with dialogues or stories using the following:
Pirate Rules ~ Captains had to maintain order on their ships so they generally created a set of rules everyone had to follow. If you were a captain of a pirate ship, discuss or write what rules you would create to keep order.
Famous Pirates ~ Most pirates were men but a few women became well-known pirates, such as Anne Bonny, Mary Read and Grace O’Malley. Discuss famous real-life pirates (Sir Francis Drake, Captain Kidd, Henry Morgan, Blackbeard and Calico Jack) or pirate-characters in stories, such as Captain Hook, Jack Sparrow or Long John Silver.
Music Video: Portside Pirates!
Disney Junior’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates website
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