Ahoy! If you want to boost learning at home with educational fun days, a pirate mini-unit study is an excellent theme to include in your plans.
You can learn all about pirates any day of the year but did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day?
If you’re looking for special ways to celebrate this fun holiday, you’ll love this simple pirate mini-unit study.
- 2 Plan Ahead for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
- 3 Start Out with a Bit of Pirate Fun
- 4 Pirate Mini-Unit Study Math
- 5 Language Arts for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
- 6 Handwriting Fun with Pirates
- 7 Reading: Treasure Island
- 8 History for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
- 9 Science: Learning about a Healthy Diet
- 10 Music Appreciation: The Pirates of Penzance
Plan Ahead for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
One awesome idea that’s sure to be a hit with your kids is to set up your learning fun day as a treasure hunt.
To add this simple yet super fun activity to your pirate mini-unit study, you’ll need to make a special treasure map. You can either freehand your map or use this treasure map generator that makes the actual map-making part easy.
You could use each new “clue location” on the map as a location in which you learn each different subject.
For example, the first clue could be in the living room. This clue would indicate that your kids will do their pirate math at this location. The second clue could be found in a bedroom where they’ll do pirate language arts.
Once your kids are done with their pirate challenge for that subject, they “earn” the next clue and continue their hunt.
The big “treasure” at the end of the day, when they finally arrive at “X marks the spot”, could be a range of things from simple chocolate coins to a fun family activity.
Start Out with a Bit of Pirate Fun
Learning a few new pirate phrases is an excellent way to start out your day. Check out the Learning Fun with Pirates pack for the Talk Like A Pirate Cheat Sheet and encourage your kids to use pirate phrases or words all day long.
You can also challenge your kids to find other pirate phrases to add to this list.
Pirate Mini-Unit Study Math
In addition to your math lesson, you can use the color by number sheet from the Learning Fun with Pirates pack to practice recognition of even and odd numbers. Have your child first color all the even numbers and then all the odd numbers.
Language Arts for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
Using the memory cards in the pirate pack, have your kids make up their own pirate story.
Your kids can write a sentence or two under each picture and sequence the pictures to practice story writing and sequencing.
Handwriting Fun with Pirates
Check out the fun handwriting practice worksheets in the pirate pack.
Reading: Treasure Island
The book Treasure Island is a classic that most kids read in high school.
But, you can introduce the classics to your kids at any age!
**You may want to pass around some junk (beef jerky) Hardtack (crackers) and grog (apple juice) during reading time as a “piratey” snack.
Here are some age-appropriate versions of Treasure Island:
- Preschool-1st Grade: Treasure Island (from Igloo Books)
- Grades 1-4: Treasure Island (A Stepping Stone Book)
- Grades 5-8: Treasure Island (Signet Classics)
- Highschool: Treasure Island (Amazon Classics)
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History for Your Pirate Mini-Unit Study
Learning facts about pirates and where they came from is a good history lesson. Here is a short video for children:
This article about pirates from Kids Britannica may also be useful.
Science: Learning about a Healthy Diet
Even though pirates were tough and dangerous, they spent long months, even years, on the sea without fresh fruit and vegetables. A common problem among pirates was scurvy (a disease you can get when you don’t get enough vitamin C).
Learning about healthy eating, which vitamins come from which foods, and why they are important to our bodies would be a good science lesson to go along with this mini-unit study.
Here is a video to watch which teaches how vitamins work and protect our bodies:
Music Appreciation: The Pirates of Penzance
A fun “Piratey” finish to your day could be watching the movie “The Pirates of Penzance” for music appreciation. The music by Gilbert and Sullivan is wonderful.
If you have a child that plays an instrument, they may want to learn to play the song: “The Very Model of a Modern Major- General”. Here is a link to some sheet music for this piece.
Here is a link to a Synthesia tutorial on YouTube for that song:
At the end of the day, your kids have learned so much about pirates that they may want to become honorary pirates. Print out this certificate to celebrate all of their learning fun!
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