Pirate Resources for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

“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. They can also learn cartography, the study and science of map making. Below is a slide presentation (download the pdf) and a list of resources to get you started.Find this post also on the American TESOL blog. If you like these ideas then be sure to check out my new book published this summer with more ideas, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom.

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Activities and Web Sites

  • Students can create their own treasure hunts with these resources:
  • 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.  Try Story Jumper, a free web tool for creating embeddable books. Students can choose from different pirate themed backgrounds and characters.
  • 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.
  • Students can go on an interactive adventure and learn pirate history with this National Geographic game.
  • Find tons of activities for creating pirate themed classroom games for children here.
  • The Pirate Museum has several pirate themed lesson plans for K to 12 here.
  • Learn English Kids has pirate themed songs, stories, and activities.
  • Find a list of pirate themed books for K to 12 here.
  • Find pirate online learning games for children here.
  • The Pirate’s Realm has a variety of resources including pirate history, flags, the pirate’s code, and a list of pirate museums.
  • DLTK has printables, crafts, games, and more for children.
  • A to Z has various lesson plans to learn with a compass and exploring maps.
  • Teaching Ideas has a variety of pirate themed handouts and activities like filling out a pirate profile, coloring pages, and a describe the treasure activity.
  • Discover more about famous pirate ships here.
  • This 10 day unit about pirates has many different activities and resources.

Challenge: Try one of these resources for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  1. I just discovered this very cool tool
    Now computer teachers and language teachers can work together easily !

    F.x. The students can make cool treasure hunt stories with individual endings using


    Who finds the treasure first ? 🙂

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