It may not be the best known holiday, however it seems to have caught on in many parts of the United States and around of the world….September 19 th is known as “International Talk Like A Pirate Day.” There is quite a story behind the origins of this fun day so after you have swabbed the deck, weighed anchor, and hoisted the mizzen, take a look at the story here!
In honor of ”Talk Like a Pirate Day”, I am sharing a very simple to prepare pirate food called Hardtack or Sea Biscuits (and yes, this was actually eaten by pirates who sailed the seas a long time ago) and could easily be made at home or in the classroom. If the school cafeteria will let you use their oven, it would be easy enough to make with the kiddos and bake in school!! This recipe contains gluten!!
I’ve created TWO FREEBIE games: Talk the Plank! Walk the Plank! (appropriate for elementary level) and Pirate Language Loot (for middle and high school level.) You can find both Talk the Plank and Pirate Language Loot in my TpT store for FREE!!!!
“TALK” THE PLANK GAME RULES:
- Ask the physical education department at school if they will loan you a few gym mats and you will have instant planks!! All students will begin the game by standing at the end of their gym mat (or a designated starting point)
- Have the students take turns drawing pirate themed vocabulary cards.
- Ask student to describe the word or use the word in a sentence. (Cue them to think of three words/phrases/sentences that describe the picture/word. If they choose to use the word in a sentence, be sure they use it in proper context and in a complete sentence)
- After completing the language task, they can then spin the spinner. If the spinner lands on “Walk the Plank” they must take one step forward (use the gym mat as a plank or have a designated start and finish line for the plank). If the spinner lands on “X Marks the Spot!” they are safe and do not need to advance forward!
- The student to reach the end of the plank first is Shark Bait!!!!
- You will need to use a brass brad to assemble the spinner. I recommend that you laminate all game cards and the spinner for better durability and smoother spinning.
And I haven’t forgotten about the big kids!! Check out Pirate Language Loot— a vocabulary rich game that targets words related to a pirate theme! Many of the words are Tier 2 vocabulary and will be beneficial for use in student’s every day written and spoken language!!
36 vocabulary words are included!
I made the spinner out of a sword and treasure map! Even the big kids like a game that’s cute, fun and entertaining!
You can use the graphic organizer as a reinforcer to the game format.
Sea Biscuits—aka “Hardtack”
Hardtack biscuits, also called sea biscuits, were a pirate staple on the open seas. These hard biscuits lasted for weeks when no other food was available. Hardtack was eaten with stews and soups. To soften, sea biscuits were usually dunked in water, brine, coffee, broth (or some other liquid) ; floated on top of soup so it could soak up the liquid of the soup, or placed on top of food cooking in a skillet meal. Pirates sailed the sea for months so Sea Biscuits became a food staple.
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
6 pinches of salt
1 tablespoon of shortening—I prefer butter
Let the kiddos pour and mix the ingredients….kneading the dough is a great sensory-motor activity!!!
Another great opportunity for the kids—-let them roll out the dough and then help them compare the differences between the round ball they started with and the flattened dough they are rolling and stretching
Remove from oven and cut into 3-inch squares
Serve crackers with cheese cubes and grapes!! (or a bowl of soup if you’re eating this at home)
Looking for some pirate lingo to use on September 19th????
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! – exhortation of discontent or disgust
Ahoy! – Hello!
Ahoy, Matey – Hello, my friend!
Ahoy, me Hearties! – the same as saying “Hello, my friends!”
All hand hoay! – comparable to all hands on deck
ye- stop and check this out or pay attention
Aye – yes
Batten down the hatches – put everything away on the ship and tie
everything down because a storm is brewing
Bilge-sucking – insult
Blimey! – exhortation of surprise
Blow me down! – expression of shock of disbelief akin to “Holy
Blow the man down – command to kill someone
Booty – treasure
Buccaneer – a pirate
Bucko – a buccaneer
Cat O’Nine Tails – a whip with nine strands
Corsair – pirates in the Mediterranean Sea
Crow’s nest – small platform atop the mast where the lookout
Cutlass – short heavy curved bladed sword used by pirates
Davy Jones’ Locker – fabled, mythical place at the bottom of the ocean
where the evil spirit of Davy Jones brings sailor and pirates to die
Dead men tell no tales – phrase indicating to leave no survivors
Doubloons – other coins or found in pirate hoards and stashes
Feed the fish – will soon die
Hang ‘im from the yardarm – punishment of those captured in battle
Head – the pirate ship’s toilet
Heave Ho – give it some muscle and push it
Hempen Halter – a noose for hanging
Hornswaggle – to defraud or cheat out of money or belongings
Jacob’s Ladder – the rope ladder one uses to climb aboard a sloop
Jolly Roger – pirate’s flag including white skull and crossbones over
a black field
Keelhaul – punishment in which a person where dragged underneath the
pirate ship from side to side and was lacerated by the barnacles on the
Lad, lass, lassie – a younger person
Landlubber – big, slow clumsy person who doesn’t know how to sail
Letters of Marque – letters issue from governments during wartime to
privateers endorsing the piracy of another vessel
Man-O-War – pirate’s ship outfitted for battle
Me – my
Mizzen – third mast from the bow of the ship on ships that have three
or more masts
Old Salt – an experienced sailor
Pieces of eight – coins or found in pirate stashes
Pillage – rob, sack or plunder
Poop deck – the part of the ship farthest to the back, which is
usually above the captain’s quarters. This is not the bathroom.
Privateer – government-sponsored pirates
Rum – pirate’s traditional alcoholic beverage
Run a shot across the bow – warning shot to another vessel’s
Savvy? – do you understand and do you agree?
Scallywag – mild insult akin to rapscallion or rogue
Scurvy dog – the pirate is talking directly to you with mild
Scuttle – to sink a ship
Seadog – old pirate or sailor
Shark bait – will soon join Davy Jones’ Locker
Shipshape – cleaned up and under control
Shiver me timbers! – comparable to “Holy Crap!”
Son of a Biscuit Eater – insult directed towards someone you don’t
Thar she blows! – Whale sighting
Three sheets to the wind – someone who is very drunk. One sheet is
mildly drunk and four sheets is passed out.
Walk the plank – punishment in which person walks off a board jutting
over the side of the ship while at sea. The consequence is drowning and a visit
to Davy Jones’ Locker.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! – pull up the anchor and the sail
and let’s get going
Ye – you
Yo Ho Ho – cheerful exhortation to demand attention