Storytime: P is for Pirates

DOOR 2 DOOR STORYTIME

EARLY CHILDHOOD LITERACY SKILL: Letter Knowledge

BOOKS TO DISPLAY

Pirates by Mark Bergin
Shiver me Timbers: Pirate Poems & Paintings
by Florian Douglas
Pirate Ship Adventure Crafts by Anna Llimós
Small Saul
by Ashley Spires
Papa is a Pirate
by Katharina Grossmann-Hensel
The Pirate and the Penguin
by Patricia Storms
The Pirate and Other Adventures of Sam and Alice
by Akemi Gutierrez
1001 Pirate Things to Spot
by Rob Lloyd Jones
Pirate Pickle and the White Balloon by Ann Burg
Pirate Girl
by Cornelia Funke

BASIC TIMELINE

  1. Intro
  2. Read-a-Loud Book
  3. Rhyme
  4. Read-a-Loud Book
  5. Rhyme
  6. Flannelboard
  7. Read-a-Loud Book
  8. Action Rhyme
  9. Craft

READ-A-LOUD BOOKS

Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
Sloop John B: A Pirate’s Tale by Alan Jardine
Do Pirate s Take Baths?
by Kathy Tucker

ACTIVITIES

Rhyme: Sing a Song of Sixpence (a pirate recruiting song) (via dltk-teach.com)

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn’t that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.

Rhyme: Shiver My Timbers (old sea shanty) (via ARRR!!!)

Shiver my timbers, shiver my soul
Yo oh heave ho
There are men who hearts are as black as coal
Yo oh heave ho

And they sailed their ship cross the ocean blue
A blood-thirsty captain and a cut-throat crew
Its as dark a tale as was ever told
Of the lust for treasure and the love of gold

Shiver my timbers, shiver my sides
Yo oh heave ho
There are hungers as strong as the wind and tides
Yo oh heave ho…

Flannelboard: Five Pirates on a Treasure Chest (via Mega Storytime Blog)

Five pirates on a treasure chest
One jumped off and four are left

Four pirates on a  treasure chest
One slid off and three are left

Three pirates on a treasure chest
One tumbled down and two are left

Two pirates on a treasure chest
One blew away and one is left

One pirate on a treasure chest
She climbed down and now there are none

No pirates on a treasure chest!
Yo ho ho and now it’s all MINE!

Action Rhyme: If You’re a Pirate and You Know It (modified) (via Scoutsongs.com)

If you’re pirate and you know it, wave your hook (wave wave)
If you’re pirate and you know it, wave your hook (wave wave)
If you’re pirate and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re pirate and you know it, wave your hook (wave wave)

If you’re pirate and you know it, stomp your peg leg (stomp stomp)
If you’re pirate and you know it, stomp your peg leg (stomp stomp)
If you’re pirate and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re pirate and you know it, stomp your peg leg (stomp stomp)

If you’re pirate and you know it, shout “ARRRR!” (“ARRRR!”)
If you’re pirate and you know it, shout “ARRRR!” (“ARRRR!”
If you’re pirate and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re pirate and you know it, shout “ARRRR!” (“ARRRR!”!)

If you’re pirate and you know it, do all three (wave, stomp-stomp, “ARRRR”!)
If you’re pirate and you know it, do all three (wave, stomp-stomp, “ARRRR”!)
If you’re pirate and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re pirate and you know it, do all three (wave, stomp-stomp, “ARRRR”!)

CRAFT: Treasure Map!

P is for Pirate Storytime Craft

Originally, I’d intended to conduct a butterfly themed storytime (since the Monarchs are on their way south before the first frost!). I’d even gone so far as to put together a storytime outline, and prepare the related craft. Unfortunately, there was a hiccup with my transit request and I had yet to receive Gotta Go! Gotta Go! by Sam Swope, an infectious little story that by all reports should be a mainstay of any butterfly related storytime. Rather than conduct storytime without this picture book, I decided to switch it up. So in the eleventh hour, I put together a quick pirate related craft to go with a nearly complete pirate storytime outline, and a set of pirate books I’d checked out the week before.

Due to the limited time frame, I gathered suitable clip art images from around the web (here a links for a few of the images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) rather than waste precious time drawing my own. I altered some of the images to suit my needs, and pre-cut all the pieces. Then I made a quick stop by the Dollar Tree to pick up a roll of plain brown wrapping paper to use as the base of the treasure map (again, brown paper bags would work in a pinch).

REVIEW

This time around there were two children who attended my Saturday morning storytime at GBL. The small group made for a more intimate session, and I was much less nervous! I did a pretty good job exaggerating all the “arrrrs!” and I think the children really enjoyed Shiver Me Letters and the silliness of Do Pirates Take Baths?

The kids seemed to enjoy the craft, and didn’t hesitate to personalize their treasure maps by pasting their pieces into unique arrangements.

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