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A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling

Shiver me timbers, we love playing pirates! Just look at these scallywags playing hooky from our office in the middle of the day…and on a pirate ship no less! International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” must be right around the corner!

Why is it that kids (and some adults!) have a thing fer swashbucklin’ pirates? Could it be the cool eye patches? Or because pirates love adventure? Well, whatever it is, if you’ve got a pirate-loving child in your home, you might as well embrace it!

Ready to have some fun?

Dress Like a Pirate

You can really get into the spirit of things on Talk Like a Pirate Day by dressing like a pirate, too! In the video below, Michael has some great ideas for turning ordinary items into a pretty convincing pirate outfit! Take a look!

4 Ways to Teach Reading and Spelling with Pirates

We thought our readers would enjoy combining a love of pirates with building strong reading and spelling skills. And once they’re dressed for the part, your little swashbucklers will have even more fun with the activities below!

Pirate Dictionary download

Brush up on your pirate lingo!

Your swashbucklers can learn how to talk like a pirate with their very own pirate dictionary straight out of the All About Reading Level 4 activity book. Download The Pirate Dictionary.

Pirate Food story download

Read “Pirate Food”

In this story from AAR Level 4, Marianne is a student pirate with food on her mind. But Cap’n Grossbeard stands between Marianne and the food she loves. Download our free short story.

Pirate Ship game download

Play “Pirate Ship” (and practice spelling!)

Turn up the fun on spelling review with our Pirate Ship file folder game. Pirates may be scoundrels, but they don’t have to be bad spellers too, do they? Download our free spelling review game.

Pirate Picture Book Library List download

Read Pirate Picture Books

Our pirate crew took to the high seas to hunt for the most pirate-y picture books they could find. Our library list represents the best of the best! Download our Pirate Picture Book Library List.

These activities may induce some unusual behavior and a whole bunch of giggles. So don’t be surprised if your kids start talking about luggin’ treasure chests up from the briny deep or about guardin’ the booty. You’ve been warned!

How about you…can you talk like a pirate? Leave me a comment in your very best pirate speak!

Special thanks to Pirates Hideaway for letting us play on their pirate ship!

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sarah f

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my kids LOVED this idea! We tweeked a bit because are on levels 1 &2 but was still fun way to do “school”. They didnt even know they were learning :)

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you could make this work even though your kids were on lower levels, Sarah!

Vanessa

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My kids love pirates and what a fun way to practice reading and spelling with my son!

Brenna Collom

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I love ideas like this one to help make learning fun and engaging for my active 5 year old son.

Valerie DeLap

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Me thinks we shall have fun learning the Piraty Lingo from yer Dictionary!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Valerie,
I reckon ye better do it handsomely, as tomorrow be Talk Like a Pirate Day! 😀

Donna Garcia

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I love your File Folder games for practicing reading. I am so excited to try this one for spelling! Thank you for sharing such quality resources at no cost.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Donna! 😊

Stephanie

says:

Super cute idea!

Rachel

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My little boy loves pirates!! I am sure some of these will spark his imagination!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Have fun doing these with your little boy, Rachel!

Emily

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I am entering for the contest. This is for my first grader. Thank you for this website. God bless.

Merry

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You’re welcome, Emily! I hope you find some fun activities on our blog to use with your first grader while you wait for the contest results.

Jami

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Your program has done wonders for my daughter and love all the wonderful creativity activity ideas.

Merry

says: Customer Service

Hi Jami–I’m so glad your daughter is doing well! Congratulations to both of you!

I Rev

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Arrrrr this program AARRRRR is my kind of name!! (A. A. R. )

Merry

says: Customer Service

LOL! Nice, I Rev!

Weenona Brannon

says:

Great ideas!

Amy

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All about reading has been awesome for my son!

Merry

says: Customer Service

That’s great, Amy! I’m so glad your son is doing well!

N. Coles

says:

Cute ideas!

Allie G

says:

These are awesome ideas

Samantha Parsons

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My son loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates so this study would be interesting for him. :)

Merry

says: Customer Service

Oh fun, I hope your son enjoys it, Samantha!

Patricia Gee

says:

This is great! My daughter is already wanting it to be Talk like a Pirate Day!

Merry

says: Customer Service

LOL, too cute, Patricia!

Christina S

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I love this idea! Getting kids excited about learning, making it fun … not only does it help them stay motivated, it creates great memories that can be helpful along the way!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Exactly, Christina! Fun learning is learning that sticks, but those memories are so precious in the years to come.

Laura

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WE LOVE ALL THINGS PIRATES!!!! Love this idea thanks for sharing!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Laura!

SANDRA

says:

Would love to win a set to try out with my son who has ADHD.

Cathy H

says:

I love these pirate ideas!

Beth

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Arrrr! Mateys! Cannot wait to use some of these ideas. My grandson is almost through with AAR level 2 and has become a beautiful reader!

Merry

says: Customer Service

Ahoy, Beth! So glad your grandson is doing well! Keep up the good work and have fun with the pirate activities!

Dontie

says:

Arrr…am looking for a rrrrrreeeeading currriculum for my own pirate kindergartener!

Tawni

says:

These are some great ideas and resources! They look so fun, I can’t wait to see what my kids think of them!

Sandra K Jennings

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My 8 year old son was a pirate for Halloween last year!

Kassandra

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My kids have been on a pirate kick for months now so we ‘dress like a pirate’ lmost every day.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Kassandra,
Wha’ fun be happenin’ in yer ship! :D

Hilary

says:

So fun. My kids love pirates, so I am definitely going to add in some of these ideas.

Jocelyne iles

says:

Unexpectedly fun! So awesome!

Kelly Haugland

says:

So fun!

Lana

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My son who is seventeen now would have loved this when he was younger. He has grown out of the pirate stage, but these resources are so cute. Wish some of my other children were into pirates.

Lisa

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There are some awesome ideas here! I want to download the game. I think my daughter would love it!

Leah

says:

Thank you for the reminder and ideas!

Ronda

says:

Such great ideas.

Whitney

says:

Arrrr be looking forward to trying this program

Hilary

says:

My kids would love this!

Amy E

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Argh! Ahoy, Matey! Thank you for these great pirate activities and stories!

Merry

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Amy!

Kelly

says:

Love this. We love pirates and AAS!

stacey brown

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Love this idea! One of the crazy voices we use to practice spelling is pirate voice. The kids love the funny voices and they’re learning at the same time.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Stacey,
I love the idea of using crazy voices for practicing spelling! I bet there are lots of giggles with the learning. 😊

Dera Ronquillo

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These activities look like they would engage reluctant readers to take part. Excited to try.

Mariana

says:

Seems fun!

Amy Beth McPherson

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I can’t wait to we get to level four and can do this.

Katelyn

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My kids would LOVE a pirate theme! They’d probably continue it far longer than our lessons though. Lol

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

But putting what you have learned into your play is part of the fun, Katelyn! I remember a unit we did on feudal Japan that lead to months of samurai play.

Holly

says:

What a fun idea!

kelly

says:

this looks fun

Diana Lawson

says:

Love this so much. I have a student teacher that is all over this. THANK YOU

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You’re welcome, Diana.

Melissa

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thank you so much, printing it out right now I think I have purchased every single one of your products at all levels.

Nancy

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When I work with my students on the “ar” sound, I begin the lesson by having both of us put on eye patches, wear pirate hats, and tell pirate jokes. The lesson is always a big hit!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Oh, that would be so much fun, Nancy! I imagine that none of your students will forget “ar”! 😊

Carin Bosman

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Thank you for showing how reading and spelling can be fun with theme work.

Sarah Webb

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Arr! Me swashbucklin’ crew be lovin’ the booty ye left here!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Ye’re welcome t’ our booty, Matey! 😀

ALLISON HAYNES

says:

This was great! My son loved the dictionary and it sparked a whole afternoon of pirate learning. Thanks~!

Sarah Brown

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My boys love pirates. We’ll be seeing if our library has any of these titles on the library list! Thanks!

This is great! My boys will love this and I’m sure it’ll inspire lots of pirate adventures!

Pinky

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Arrrgh we heartily approve of these swashbuckling activities!

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