Ahoy Matey! 10+ Pirate Resources for Learning

“Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”- Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Caribbean

September 19th is International Pirate Day, but you can engage your learners all year long with pirate activities. Students can learn science, math, geography, history, culture, citizenship, and more by studying famous pirates. Below is a slide presentation (download the pdf) and a list of resources to get you started.

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Tips and Resources

  • Students can create their own treasure hunts and learn about math and reading maps:
  • Students can create their own pirate themed comic strips with these tools:
    • Friendstrip is a free iOS/Android app to make comic strips. They have a pirate prompt for students to add their own captions and pictures.
    • Toondoo is a free web tool to create comics and books and has pirate characters and backgrounds.
    • Makebeliefs Comix has a few pirate themed objects and characters. Create a comic online or use the free iPad app.
  • Students can create their own pirate stories with these digital storytelling tools and apps!
    • Story Jumper is a free web tool for creating embeddable books. Students can choose from different pirate theme backgrounds and characters.
    • LittleBirdTales is a free web tool for creating embeddable books. Students can upload images, draw within the pages, add text and record their voices.
    • Zooburst is an online free 3D pop-up book creator. Students choose from a library of characters or upload their own drawings and pictures.
    • Students can talk like a pirate with this English to Pirate translator.
  • Get students to build their own pirate ships with paper, styrofoam, and other materials and test what makes their ships better. Find a lesson with background information here.
  • Host a Google Hangout where students reenact a pirate play using Google Effects and dressing virtually like a pirate.
  • Click to discover pirate games and activities for young children from Disney’s show, Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Challenge– Try one of these ideas to engage your students.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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