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Is a Pirate themed classroom a bad idea?
Old 04-30-2007, 05:37 AM
 
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I love pirates, and thought about doing a pirate themed room. I know that pirates aren't necessarily good people, but I would put a twist on it. PIRATES= People In Route to Achieving Terrific Educational Success. I have so many fun ideas for this theme, but hope that parents won't be offended by the bad nature that pirates have. Please let me know what you think!


 

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Most of the kids have seen Pirates of the Caribbean, and there are tons of pirate themed things out there because of it. You have gotten around the "bad guy" image very creatively! Go for it! Treasure, mapping, talking parrots, eye patches! Fun! Just make up different words to the "Sixteen men on a Dead Man's Chest" song.....tho as I recall they do sing that in Disneyland!
 
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Be creative with it...
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You can do so many things with a Pirate theme and you don't really have to touch upon the negative things about it. I saw a cute little bulletin board set in the Really Good Stuff catalog called "Welcome Aboard." It reminded me of a pirate theme. You can check it out for yourself and see what you think. Here's the link:

http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/resul...lcome%20aboard

This link shows you the search results for this theme and the things they have available. Just to give you some idea. Hope it's a bit useful.
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I think...
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...that it is fantastic that you are putting a positive spin on it.

Not trying to offend, but teachers and students DO get tired of the ocean, space and jungle theme after a while. I like to do different things to keep it "spicy".

You should challenge other to put a more positive twist on other "negative" things out there.


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I don't do a theme for the whole year, but I did start out last fall with Pirates as my first theme. The kids seemed to enjoy it and I found there are lots of trade books and decorations available. I was even able to get some things at Dollar Tree. My Halloween costume was, of course, a pirate! I had a cardboard chest with plastic coins that we collected towards a classroom reward. Our rules were our "Code of Conduct", etc. Anyway, we had fun.


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Avast! I be watchin me Pirate theme
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I'll play devil's advocate (and party pooper) here. True, pirates are very colorful villains everyone loves to hate, but I'm not sure having your class pretend to be pirates is such a good thing.

Consider the definition of a pirate:

One who preys on others; a plunderer
One who robs at sea or plunders the land...

I guess an activity could be raiding the classroom next door and taking all their pencils (just kidding)

THIEF= "Terrific Heroes Inventing (an) Educated Future"
DRUGS= Doing Really Unusually Great Studying!

On the other hand, "privateers" did play an important role in the Revolutionary War. But they were authorized to be pirates, and piracy was a rather common and accepted practice in wartime. But do you really want to get into all that? Does putting a 'positive spin' on negative behaviors really make those negative behaviors more positive? Thars me two pieces of gold for ye! Arrr!

(I just thought after posting this that your students could play the role of responsible people going after the pirates. The pirates could then be the unseen and imagined villains your class must avoid/defeat/capture. But that might put you on the other side of the American Revolution if you want to bring history into it!)

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Our whole school did it...
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Our whole school's reading theme was "Seek Treasure in a Good Book" this year and the whole school used a pirate theme. We did not have any complaints from anyone (except one uptight teacher... ) and it was a lot of fun. I have noticed that there is a lot more pirate-y stuff out now so it would be really easy to get a lot of cool stuff! I think you should go for it
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[Consider the definition of a pirate:

One who preys on others; a plunderer
One who robs at sea or plunders the land...]

In reply...I don't know what grade this would be for, but one reading strategy is PLUNDER. It helps older readers (3rd and up) navigate through story passages.

P-preview & predict (pictures, graphs, title)
L-look for underlined words
U-underline 1st and last sentence in each paragraph (for main idea)
N-notice questions (identify type)
D- dissect paragraph (2 words in margin)
E-evaluate answer choices (locate proof in passage)
R-review

So, it could incorporate into reading strategies!
 
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neat!
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I really like the breakdown for plunder! We do reading strategies to help our third graders prepare for their big test, and those are pretty much all the ones that we do. But having a word to use may help them remember much easier. Thanks for sharing!
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Oh please badger.
Old 05-04-2007, 10:47 AM
 
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I was NOT referring to "negative behaviors". I do not appreciate how you implied that I was. I was referring to a FUN THEME. You do know what fun is don't you? Of course you do. You spent your time making up these "fun" acronyms.

THIEF= "Terrific Heroes Inventing (an) Educated Future"
DRUGS= Doing Really Unusually Great Studying!

You also put a "twist" on my response. The way you did it also sounds like you had fun with it.

Devil's advocate I can take. Rude, not so much.



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intheloonybin, I was offering my opinion to the original poster who was concerned what parents might think. My two examples weren't meant to be funny, but were intended to illustrate that the acronym idea can't necessarily make a negative word into a positive. Sorry if you thought my response was directed at you. It really wasn't intended that way. Nor was it intended to be rude to anyone. You mentioned putting a twist on "negative things" and the original poster worried about pirates' "bad nature". Don't you think "negative behaviors" accurately describes what some parents might be concerned about when learning their children are pretending to be pirates in school? It is, after all, "negative behaviors" that defines a pirate (stealing, cheating, fighting/murdering, drinking, womanizing, bad/rough language, dirty, etc.) Only in a Disney movie is all that bad behavior somehow acceptable. Then I suggested a possible alternative, which is not to have the students identify with the pirates. Rather, more like Peter Pan, keep the pirates as the bad guys. Don't make heroes out of bad guys.
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...YOU quoted ME and that is what upset me. You put a "spin" on my quote twisting my meaning. As far as fun, "avast matee" it sounds like sarcasm is your fun. "Thars me two pieces of gold for ye! Arrr!"

I'm done.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:22 AM
 
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We had several teachers who did a pirates theme this year, and no one said anything. One did a treasure chest and each child was a "gem". Lions, tigers, and sharks are deadly creatures but no one seems to mind them in a classroom theme.
Have fun and enjoy your theme. Next year, my students will be "going bananas" as we "hang out" with the monkeys!
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In route...En route??
Old 05-07-2007, 11:41 AM
 
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I love pirates/pirate themes too.

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I don't think the PIRATE acronym will work. "In route" is actually "en route" I believe. So, the "I" will not work.

I could be wrong, but I just wanted to point that out.
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My classroom has a pirate theme!!
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Our school mascot is a pirate and so this year in my 2nd grade class I decorated my class using a pirate/treasure theme. Everyone has had positive comments about it and the kids love it! Go for it!
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I am using the pirate theme this fall, and I am very excited about it! There are alot of fun things to do.

I am purchasing pirate chests with keys from Oriental Trading Company that will hold their classroom cash that they earn for positive behavior. My husband is making a small boat to go in the reading area for the children to sit and read in. As a class we will come up with a class flag to fly from the "mast". We will decide as a class what would represent our classroom best (community building). I plan on putting things up like "Open a book...find a treasure!", "Land Ho!", and "Ahoy Matey". We will have a "captains log" to record or activities throughout the year that will be like a scrapbook that the kids will be writing in. Scrapbook stores have pirate paper to cut letters out for your bulletin boards.

Have fun with it! Your attitude is what matters in doing something like this! Keep it positive!
 
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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I am to doing a pirate theme this year. I got stuff from Really Good Stuff and Teacher Created Publications by scholastic. P.I.R.A.T.E. Prepared, Informed, Ready, And Together Everyday. One of my fellow teachers went to a workshop and one of the presenters did a pirate theme. I have attached the link

http://www.center.k12.mo.us/%7Elash/ourclass.htm


Go to the Powerful Learning Conference link.
 
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Old 06-23-2007, 11:39 AM
 
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One thing I love about teaching is the support that teachers give each other. Thank you to all who replied. You have inspired me to run with this and I cannot wait to start!
 
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bvm,

I couldn't get the link to work. Do you have another link? I would love to see this. Thanks!!
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I am in to these theme and have 'steal'n ideas' from this board and plan to have a pirate theme as well. Don't you know I've been a wee bit nervous.

Last weekend I was visiting my Sister in law. In the elevator going up a young man can in with two bags loaded full of stuff from Lakeshore. I gave him the old wink an' nod 'so you're a teacher ehh??' He replied, "No,"' just a parent." After I congratulated him on the shopping spree, I begged him the question, did he think the pirate theme was to bold for first grade?

He said , "no way." " I hope my kid gets teacher like you."Well, I might have made the second part up. But I took it as an endorsement of creativity.

I plan to include..'let's not act like a pirate in my behavior expectations." Send me a PM so I can share more pirate stuff if you like. Mostly pirated from PT and the web.
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Our school mascot is the pirate. My "PIRATE" binder (moose binder) was
P repared
I nformed
R esponsible
A nd
T otally
E ngaged

Also, I did a very cool bulletin board titled "Weapons of a Pirate" I had a male pirate and a female pirate holding things like pencil, ruler, books, etc. The male pirate had the ruler in his mouth like a knife... I got lots and lots of compliments on it. I also had a BB with a large smily face with a do rag, earring, and a patch over one eye. Titled "Pirates Smile Too!!"
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Aye, more pirate's booty
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http://www.harcourtbooks.com/pirates

There's now turnin' back the pirates have invaded the quest for literacy.
If you fancy yourself the captain of a classroom with a pirate theme PM me, and I'll create a list of the teachers with a pirate them so we can compare notes. It'll be a lark.

And be quick about it.( I am practicing my pirate speak)
Include

Name:
Port of Sail:
Your Pirate name if ya have one:
Your ship's name:
e-mail address:
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Please includes me on the email lists of those doing a pirate theme. Your postings have inspired a major "EXTREME CLASSROOM MAKEOVER". So far I have hung fishing nets all over my ceiling with fire-treated ribbon hanging down in different colors of green to look like seaweed. I found a treasure chest pinata and plastic anchors at a local supply store. I've covered my tables with a large maps and all of my classroom chores have a pirate/explorer title like "first mate' for teacher helper and "Swabbie" for the custodian of the room. "Ponce de Leon" as a reference to his search for the fountain of youth is the student who monitors the water fountain line, and straightens the sink area. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I have many more where these came from.
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Hi Captain Greene, If you could give me your classroom job titles that would be great. I am drawing a blank on ideas. I found some great decroations at Dollar Tree. Thanks!
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Ok, so pirates can be bad, but HELLO?! - They are a real part of history. Depending on the grade/cirriculum, pirates can be tied to American/World History, Language Arts (I think EVERYTHING can be tied to LA). The theme and fun part of a lesson is what gets the students to actually learn about the topic. Use the acronym, have themed activities - yes, even fun ones , just make sure you are teaching an acurate portrayal of pirates/privateers (just a side note: many villainous pirates STARTED as "privateers") Obviously, you may have to lighten some of the hardcore brutal truths about pirates for younger kids, but they will learn something non-the-less. I say go for the pirate theme. Oh, and National Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19. There is a lot of pirate things (cirriculum connection, too) on their website: talklikeapirate.com - not ALL school appropriate, so don't let the kids go there.
 
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In the words of a pirate!
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Arrrrrrrrgh!!!! Booooooo!!!
 
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I teach 4th grade and I have done a pirate theme the past two years. I started the pirate theme as a way to engage the boys in my class. My students (boys and girls) and parents loved it so much I am doing it a third year. My students even brought in little pirate decorations for our classroom throughout the year. I have not had one parent complaint My principal loved the idea as well. Have fun with it!
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I've enjoyed reading all the great energy surrounding pirates! I am recently back in the classroom after several years of being a curriculum specialist...I'm teaching 5th grd math and 1 ELA block in a southern coastal town. Very excited about teaching again! But even more excited about pirates. Any additional ideas for math and pirates? I'm sure we'll use booty as our behavior system...but welcome additional references that might be appropriate. Thanks!!
 

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