Sunday, August 9, 2015

Let's Celebrate "Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day" On September 19 With Books & Digital Fun About Pirates, Treasure Maps & Even Pirate Talk!

We always had a great time celebrating Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day in our library.  We decorated, dressed up, pulled together all of the pirate books from our collection, and explored fun digital websites celebrating pirates.

On September 19, we can all celebrate again....It is Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day!  And there are so many wonderful things out there that will help you bring this to your library and school too.
The first place I would check out is the Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day website where you can read the history about this day.  There are also a few places on the site that you want to make sure you stop.
There is a place that you can create your very own pirate map with Yarr, Pirate Maps.

I put in our Denver address and it created this pirate map with the red X on our house.

This would be fun to use as you prepare for Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day in your school.  You could make a map marking the school, library, or classroom....and even mark a special location within your town.
One other idea....You could use this to create maps of any location in the world. Students can find the treasure by using landmarks, name and clues on the maps to figure out where it is.
Next, go to the English-to-Pirate Translator.

All you have to do is type into the box what you want to say in pirate talk, click on Ahoy!....
and you have instant pirate talk to share with your students and friends.  
My friend Andy Plemmons and I, along with other friends, had our students share their pirate talk on this Padlet a few years ago.

It was simple.  We just created a Padlet, shared the link with our students, and had them click on the wall to leave a message.
It is fun to look back at the Padlet to see all that our "Pirates" had to say and where each of them was located.  You can check it out here too
Another translator that will be fun to use on this day is Post Like A Pirate. It will translate your English into Pirate to be used for a tweet or text. 
Now let's talk books and eResources all about pirates! 

There are so many amazing children's books....fiction and nonfiction....about pirates.  I love them all. They are funny, amusing, and captivate the attention of our young people.  

And one all about pirate books for young adults too at the Read, Breathe and Relax blog.
And even a pirate books for all of our Makers!  Capstone has done such an amazing job with the Kylie Jean series.....and Pirate Craft Queen is one of the best!
Think about all of the fun you can have for Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day with loads of craft ideas from this book!  This is just one of the things you can create...
and there is so much more inside of the book. 
I just saw that Mackin Educational Resources has put together a great list of print and digital books to celebrate Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day.  

These are just a few of the things that will make your pirate day extra special....and a day that your students will never forget!  

And just like our pirate friends say....

"Have fun celebratin' this very special pirate day!" 

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