Pirates -- School-age
Design Your Own Jolly Roger
Ships use different flags to signal other ships and identifying themselves. The "Jolly Roger" flag was flown to identify a pirate ship about to attack.
Need: 1 piece of drawing paper, 1 sheet of red, white, or black construction paper, 3 pieces of felt ( red, white, black), a stick.
Design a pirate flag that tells something about you. Pick something you are interested in or good at to include on your pirate flag. For example: if you like the guitar include guitars on your pirate flag instead of crossbows. Also include on your flag pirate symbols: skulls, skeletons, crossbones, cutlasses, hourglasses. First draw your design on the drawing paper. Then cut your design out of felt and glue onto construction paper. After your pirates flag is dry tape it to a stick.
Make A Compass
Need: 1 clear plastic cup, pencil, bar magnet, thread, needle or small nail, cork, water.
Note: Review with the children compass directions.
Stroke one end of the magnet along the needle, about 30 times in the same direction. Test to see if the needle (or nail) has become magnetized by picking up pin. Cup Compass: Tie one end of a piece of thread to the center of your magnetized needle. Tie the other end of the thread to a pence. Place the pencil on the rim of the cup with the needle hanging down into the cup. Place the completed compass on a table.
Once the needle comes to rest the thickest end of the needle will point north. Move the cup compass to other areas on the table and watch the needle come to rest and point north. Cork & Cup Compass: After magnetizing the needle (or nail) press the needle through a length of cork until the cork is centered on the needle. Fill the plastic up with water. Place the cork with needle in the cup of water. As the needle floats and the comes to rest the thickest end of the needle will point north.
A compass rose is a figure on a chart, compass, or map that shows the directions. Most show the cardinal directions: North, South, East, and West.
Have children make their own compass roses, being sure to put the N, E, S, and W in the correct places. Start with a circle. Use a ruler to draw lines to add cardinal direction points. The standard abbreviations are: N=North, S=South, E=East, W=West.
Compass Guide Poem. Draw a compass rose.
Compass Guide Poem Printable version in above 'Compass' section
How do we know Which way to go? Look at the magnet and it will show.
North, south, east or west, For finding directions it is the best.
How does it work? It’s as simple as can be. The planet’s biggest magnet is itself, you see.
The biggest, and strongest magnet of all. Compared to it, all others are quite small.
Because of its size, its pull is so strong that all other magnets are pulled along. Try as they might, for all that they’re worth, Magnets can’t help but point toward north.
So the next time you’re lost without a clue, Let a magnet find your way to rescue you.
Pirate Story By Robert Louis Stevenson
Print the poem. After reading the poem have the children draw an illustration for the poem.
Sites to See
Origins of the Compass Rose - Learn the history of how the compass rose was developed to help with navigation, and learn about its 32 points.
Images of compass roses from Portuguese Nautical Charts - Every nautical chart maker had his own characteristic compass rose using different color oppositions. View a few early sixteenth-century examples.
Charting A Course With A Compass - Chart a course with a compass rose. Learn about the Portuguese map-maker Pedro Reinell who first drew the now standard 32 point compass rose on a chart (compass drawn on a chart is called a compass rose).
Azimuths and compass quadrant bearings (thinking in circles) - Follow along as a compass rose is created.
Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies
By Carolyn Crimi
Age 4 to 8
The Buccaneer Bunnies spend their days reading books, swinging from the masts of their ship, and shooting each other out of the cannons.
Then the adorable bunny Henry finds a threatening message from an unknown ememy. No one sees the danger and none will listen to Henry and his worries. Henry begins reading, researching, and writing a book about being prepared for an attack. When the Chicken Pirates attack will Henry save the day? Will Henry's book help?
A valuable message on reading, researching, and being prepared, all told with humor--Henry's Parrot 'Poop Helmet' is hilarious--with detailed delightful illustrations.
Make A Treasure Chest
Need: You need a shoe box,colored paper(black, brown, yellow), glue, sissors
Print decorations for your treasure chest: skull and crossbones, keyhole, and keep out sign.
Have the shoe box, glue, and paper ready. Paste brown paper on the box. Cut tiny strips (1/2 inch) of the yellow paper and glue them on the edges or as strips on the box. Cut black about an inch and glue as strips on your box. You can also glue brown or black construction paper on the inside of the box. Make a keyhole than you are done. Contributed by: Liz Houston
Make A Treasure Map
Need: white construction paper, crayons, used damp tea bag
Have children draw an island on their construction paper. Write the name of the water that surrounds their island (ocean, bay, cove, lake) on the map. Draw a compass rose in the lower right hand corner of the treasure map.
Things to include on the island: symbols for hills, mountains, pond, lakes, forest, palm trees, shark fins in the water, big X to mark where the treasure is.
When the treasure maps are finished age the maps by pressing a damp tea bag all over it. Tear jagged edges all round the treasure map.
Pin The Eye Patch On The Pirate
Materials Needed: Large Sheet of White Card Large Sheet of Black Card, Paints or felt pens, Chalk, OHT's and OHP, Blue tack, Blindfold
Directions: Find a good pirate face on the internet and print on the computer. Simple Pirate Face to print. Next trace the face onto a OHT. Project the face onto the wall and blue tack your white card so that the face fits onto it. Trace the face on the card. Color or paint the pirate face to make it look appealing Cut eye patches from black card big enough to cover one eye.
THE GAME BEGINS:
Line children up and they take it in turn to be blindfolded and spun around. They are then given an eye patch with their name written on it in chalk and with a piece of blue tack on the back.
They then stick the eye patch onto the pirate. The closest to the correct spot wins a small prize. Contributed by Alisha.
Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate
by Kim Kennedy
Roger, The Jolly Pirate
by Brett Helquist
Jolly Roger was a lousy pirate. Whenever there was any real pirating to be done, the other pirates scowled and sent him away.
Jolly Roger often wished he could think of something that would make the other pirates like him. Then one day, in the middle of a great battle, Jolly Roger had a wonderful idea...and pirate ships would never be the same again! In recognition of his feat, his shipmates stitch up a flag that has gone down in history as the "Jolly Roger."
Roger, The Jolly Pirate
by Brett Helquist
Pirates, Ahoy Spyglass
Need: brown construction paper; yellow construction paper...
Making spyglasses--Glue strip of yellow paper on bottom of horizontal brown paper...roll and staple into a tube. Have students look thru spyglass; therapist/teacher holds up picture symbols of pirate words and asks the pirate 'what do you spy?' encourage student to respond with the carrier phrase "I spy ______". Contributed by: KJ
Things to Do - Other Sites
Milk Carton Pirate Ship
Create a pirate ship using a milk carton, playdough, and construction paper.
Sunken Treasure color page
Pirate mask to print
Queen Anne's Revenge--The QAR Project
The discovery of a ship believed to be Blackbeard's flag ship. The official page for information of the Discovery of Blackbeard's Ship.
Adventures to Experience
The 200 year search for buried treasure on a booby-trapped island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Millions of dollars have been spent and six people killed, yet the treasure still eludes all seekers. What lies at the bottom of this mystery?
At the end of the theme have a "Pirate Dress Up Day". Adults and children come dressed in pirate costumes.Cardboard pirate hat (pdf)
A realistic pirate hat that is easy for children to make and feel happy with.