2016 09 26 Pirates
Sea of Learning
This is the image for the news article titled Sea of LearningMs. Cain's fifth grade and Ms. Rutherford's Talented and Gifted (TAG) class.

In conjunction with, "National Talk Like a Pirate Day," our fifth graders immersed themselves in all things pirate and became pirates for one week.

The twenty-five fifth graders were divided by "ships."  After some research, we learned that captains were sometimes elected. Each group elected a captain to represent their ship. All groups designed their own pirate flag and gave themselves pirate names.

We learned as much as we could about pirates by reading an A-2 nonfiction reader on pirates and by reading fiction books like, Pirates Go to School and The Day I Became a Pirate. Our spelling list was all terms and words associated with pirates. We read Treasure Island and researched the history of pirates via the internet.

On Friday, we closed our unit with a "Dress Like a Pirate Day." We christened ourselves with new pirate names. Each child had an eye patch and a pirate hat.

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Our final task was to create a treasure map that could be used to locate a hidden treasure by a classmate.

Here are some interesting facts we learned on our pirate voyage:

Women were not allowed to be pirates, so they disguised themselves as men.

"Walking the plank" did not really happen; it was created by Robert Louis Stevenson in the book Treasure Island.

"Jolly Roger" is the term for a pirate's flag.

Blackbeard the Pirate would cut off people's fingers to steal their jewelry.

Anne Bonny was a famous female pirate.

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