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Pirate Theme in the Classroom and Therapy

Talk Like a Pirate Day - September 19th.

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Ahoy Me Hearties!

Pirate themes are enjoyed by people of all ages (with thanks to Johnny Depp and Peter Pan). It is such a fun theme for parties, Halloween, and more, as well as a motivating theme for teaching and therapy.

This year on "Talk Like A Pirate Day", my early childhood class will be participating in many pirate themed learning activities. Because my class is an inclusion classroom, we will be incorporating speech and occupational therapy into our plans.

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There are many wonderful stories about pirates. We will be reading, "Shiver Me Letters" by June Sobel


Speech Therapy

During a full group Speech Therapy, the students will practice some of their favorite (kid friendly) pirate talk. 

  • Parrot: Using a stuffed or puppet parrot, the students listen to hear if the parrot repeats what they say correctly. Is it the same or different? (auditory discrimination), Also used as a rhyming parrot - Parrot rhymes what the children say.
  • Yo-ho-ho syllables: Clap out number of syllables in yo-ho, and yo-ho-ho, and so on. Move to clapping out other pirate words.
  • Arrr Words!
  • Look though cardboard roll spyglass. Use prepositions to describe where things are. "I spy a duck in the water!", "I spy a bird on top of the tree!
  • Watch video and sing to Jack Hartmann's Pirate Song


OT Motor Group:

Using LessonPix material - the Treasure Map, the children will follow the map through a series of activities. (I will post the map on the smartboard and have students trace our path.) Here are activites for motor group:

  • Swab the Deck - Use mops to play pass with a ball on the tile floor
  • Shoot the Cannon - Place sticky notes on wall. Have the students toss bean bag or ball to hit the letters in their name.
  • Hook Ring Toss: With a partner, one child tosses rings onto a pretend pirate hook.
  • Walk the Plank - walk the balance beam and jump off end into a crash pad mat.
  • Swim to shore - Swimming motion in a ball pit
  • Dig in the sand for buried treasures. Kids find beads and toy rings in the sandbox.

(Click the Map for the free sample!)



We will also have a pirate art project:

  • Paper plate pirate face.
  • Make pirate hat
  • Use solo cup and foil to make a hook.


Games and Classroom Materials

Of course Lesson Pix has MANY games and classroom materials you can create for a pirate theme. Here are a few ideas...

Free Sample Writing Sheet(Click the Writing Sheet for the free sample!)


Pirate Sayings


Of course, so pirate day would be the same without the favorite pirate sayings....

  • Well Shiver me timbers
  • Aaarrrggghh
  • Ahoy Matey
  • Ahoy Me Hearties!
  • Avast - Stop.
  • Aye
  • Aye Aye Captain!
  • Batten Down the Hatches!
  • Blimey
  • Blow Me down!
  • Gangway
  • Grub
  • Heave Ho'
  • Lad / Lass
  • Landlubber
  • Lily Livered
  • Pieces of Eight
  • Polly want a Cracker?
  • Sea Dog
  • Thar she blows!
  • Thar
  • Walk the Plank
  • X Marks the Spot
  • Yo Ho Ho


Enjoy the day ye' fine lads and lassies! Fair Winds!