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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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Rebecca Hix

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These are great ways to motivate my son to read. He love pirates and this allows him to practice reading and spelling without even realizing it. Great ideas!

Robin E.

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Rebecca,
Finding subject matter that interests our children is a great way to encourage reading! I hope your son has a lot of fun with this.

Kate

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Thanks for these awesome ideas! I always have a challenge to make the redundant things fun so I love your ideas!

Jerolyn Hardy

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My son loved watching the you tube video about how to make your own pirate outfit! He loved it and asked to watch it several times! And, of course, he immediately began assembling his own pirate outfit! I homeschooled our older children before AAR, but we have thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from AAR on my last child to teach reading! I will definitely recommend it to other homeschoolers along the way and to my future grandchildren! I would love to win Level 2 for my own little reading pirate, aarrgh!!!

Julie Green

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I have been looking for content like this for years. I’ve been creatjng my own. Thank you for sharing talent.

Karin

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Love the ideas given!

Cynthia R

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We are new to homeschooling and these resources made it so easy to put together a fun, pirate themed day for my son. I used everything in this post for our reading and spelling and then added a game of Kaboom for Math skill building and a short history/geography lesson on Pirates. We had a blast! He is already asking when we will do something like this again. Thank you for making these amazing resources available!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Cynthia, but thank you for getting back to us about how you used these ideas and how much your son enjoyed it! 😊

Stephanie Abney

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Fun stuff. Thanks!!

April L

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AAR matey! Go overboard… walk the plank! You will find learning treasures!

April L

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AAR matey! Go overboard with the pirates… walk the plank! You will find learning treasures :)

Tara E

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How fun! Great tips

Melanie

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All the kids and a couple adults seriously enjoyed the story and dictionary! :)

Robin E.

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Melanie,
I love that this was enjoyed by not only kids but adults too! It’s fun to learn together. 😊

Diane R

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How fun! My son would love this!!

Rebecca P.

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How fun! My boys love all things pirates!

Robin E.

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Rebecca,
I think most kids love the idea of being dirty, speaking with poor grammar, and being out in the sun and on the water with few (or no) rules! 😊

Nikki Sunderland

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This looks so exciting.

Lydia

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Looks like fun!

Lydia

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Sounds like fun!

Amara

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What fun ideas!

Amara

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What fun ideas!!!

Melissa Fox

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All the pirate themed stuff looks like a lot of fun!

Mely

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Such a fun theme for kids!

Amy

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Fun and creative! My older kids don’t mind playing along with this one!

Cathy Means

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I just discovered this site. Looks and sounds so fun for learning. My granddaughter would love it! Thanks!

Robin E.

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You are very welcome, Cathy! 😊

Tracey Hudgins

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This is great! Will have to download the material for my boys. We love this curriculum! My oldest says it is “fun.”

MANdy B

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Clever way to get kids engaged and excited about learning!

Stacy

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How fun!!

Robyn Lucas

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Pirating adds so much to our school day!

Sarah Bingham

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We love AAR! It has helped my daughter so much!

Brooke

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So fun. I know my daughter would love this.

Gale

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What great freebies! Thanks!

Sandy

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This is adorable. I have a coworkers son who will love doing these activities with his mom 😄

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