Yo Ho, Teacher Friends!
It's September, so in primary grade classrooms, it's time for fall colors, Johnny Appleseed, and ... pirate fun! Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 19th, has become a fiesta of phenomenal fun in schools, with books, games, songs, and lots of eye patches and pirate lingo.
So, why not join in the festivities by making Friday the 18th Pirate Day in your classroom? Get on board the pirate ship now for some math activities your little learners will have a blast with!
Keep it simple by starting out with classroom games that you already use. Since these are games your students already know, or that you'll definitely want to teach them for use throughout the year, you'll be saving yourself some time in the long run. Here are a few examples for easy ways to switch up old favorites.
* If you play an ordinary game of Top It while you're wearing an eyepatch, it's suddenly a pirate game! This works like a charm with anything. Review flashcards with a partner? Yes, please! Read the Room with subtraction facts? More! More!
* Number fact bingo is fun anyway, but on Talk Like a Pirate Day, let the little winning matey call out something fun like "Yo Ho!" or "Walk the Plank!"
* Are you practicing skip counting by fives? Try having all of your students stand in a circle and count aloud by ones, one at a time around the circle. Here's the Pirate Twist: whenever the number is a multiple of five, that child says "Aaaargh!" instead of the number.
These games take a little more preparation, but kids love pirates so much that you'll find yourself using them all year, even when it's not Pirate Day!
Did you catch my post at Classroom Freebies yesterday? Click here to see my I Have, Who Has...? game for adding and subtracting tens ... pirate themed, of course! While you're there, you might want to follow Classroom Freebies, a great source for all kinds of free classroom resources every day!
Here's another set of free math games for you, just posted at my Educents store!
It includes two board games for addition. Download it here!
Watch for my posts at all of my collaborative blogs this week, where I'll be sharing several more Pirate Day math freebies, as well as info about some books you'll want to read for your Pirate Day celebration. Like and follow my Facebook page so you'll keep up to date on these posts and freebies!
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