Eat Sea Biscuits and Walk the Plank for “Talk Like a Pirate Day!”

Pirate Day graphic

 GoldCountrySLP is having a pirate-themed linky party in honor of “Talk like a Pirate Day” on September 19th and I’m sharing a pirate product from my TpT store!  Be sure to check out all the links at the bottom of her post….you’ll find lots of great ideas to help you celebrate this fun day!  (And this year, it falls on a Saturday, so you can celebrate this theme during the whole week leading up to the 19th!!)

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 mizzentake 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  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!!!!


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  • Ask the physical education teachers 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. 

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  • 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!



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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.

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In addition, put your pirate vocabulary knowledge to practice! 10 questions are included that require students to apply their knowledge of different target words to a question.

And I’ve included one of my signature recipe cards in my product, inspired by the pirate theme!  If you teach life skills and have access to a kitchen/oven set up or are allowed to bring in food to share with your students, this recipe is for you!!



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.


2 cups of flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup water
6 pinches of salt
1 tablespoon of shortening—I prefer butter

Mix all the ingredients.  It will form a dough-like ball.

Let the kiddos pour and mix the ingredients….kneading the dough is a great sensory-motor activity!!! 

Press onto a cookie sheet to a thickness of ½ inch. ( I rolled it out on a floured board first and then finished by pressing it out on the cookie sheet)
Using a fork, poke holes lightly and randomly over the dough.   

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

Bake in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 20 minutes.   Keep checking to be sure it doesn’t burn! 

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????

Pirate Phrases

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

- 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





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4 comments on “Eat Sea Biscuits and Walk the Plank for “Talk Like a Pirate Day!”

  1. Mandi Schaumburg -Panda Speech on said:

    Great Post! Love the recipe! Your product looks so comprehensive!

  2. Tracy Morlan on said:

    What a GREAT post! Thank you for linking up! Tracy (GoldCountrySLP)

  3. Annie Doyle on said:

    This was one of my first pirate themed materials! Did you offer it for free at one point? I seem to recall grabbing it at that time. It is still a staple activity for my intermediate and middle school students.

    • I’m so glad you have found the pirate activity so helpful Annie! Yes, it was a freebie at one time. Glad you were able to grab it when it was free. I have since updated it a little….changed up the fonts/graphics slightly and also added a couple extra pages for the older kids–a vocab rating scale and another page of vocabulary questions. Please shoot me your email—I want to give the update to you!!

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