Oh, yesterday was such a blast. It was Talk Like a Pirate Day! I wore my pirate hat, read a ton of pirate books, and did this pirate glyph project. They loved it! The glyph directions were things like “If you have been on a boat, decorate the bandana with stripes. If not, decorate with dots.” I also gave them some time after the glyph was done to add other things (hair, accessories, and I made a little parrot tracer). Then later in the day we made a list of things pirates might say (and not just things like “arrrr” and “shiver me timbers” but things like what a pirate captain might tell the crew to do, or what he or she might like) and wrote talking bubbles. I used this as a lesson in conventions, as this week’s focus is capitals and punctuation. Then I made a paper pirate ship for display, only it turned out to be a bit small, so some pirates have fallen overboard. I also added a glyph key to the display.
We also wrote pirate-themed story problems in math, and did a lesson on the “ar” word family. What a fun day!