Pirates!

 

Few of us want our babies to grow up to be pirates. When it comes to social responsibility, compassion, and moral rectitude, practically anybody is a better role model. Pirates fight with cutlasses, use objectionable language, consume unhealthy foods and beverages, and steal stuff. They are totally reprehensible.

No wonder kids love them.

SCIENCE, MATH, AND PIRATES

  It is possible to become a certified pirate at MIT. (Yes, really. A certified pirate.) Students who take four physical education courses conferring piratical skills – pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing – are officially deemed pirates and given a printed certificate to that effect. Read about it here
  As well as athletic, pirates are also surprisingly scientific. (Well, sort of.) In Gideon Defoe’s clever and hysterically funny The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (Pantheon, 2004), the pirates – known only by descriptors (the pirate with gout, the pirate with the accordion, the pirate with a scarf) – under the command of their luxuriantly bearded, but somewhat dim, Captain, mistakenly board the H.M.S. Beagle, believing it to be loaded with gold. After sinking the ship, the shamefaced pirates transport Charles Darwin and Captain Fitzroy back to London, where they crash a meeting of the Royal Society, rescue a damsel in distress, and battle the evil Bishop of Oxford in the Mineral Room of the Museum of Natural History. (The Bishop and the Pirate Captain fling element samples at each other according to atomic weight.) There’s even a tongue-in-cheek list of Comprehension Questions at the back of the book. For ages 12 and up.
  Sequels, with similarly zany mixes of history and science, include The Pirates: In an Adventure with Ahab, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon, and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists.
See science writer Jennifer Ouellette’s A Pirate’s Life for Me for a discussion of the real science connections in Defoe’s The Pirates!
How about pirates and math? Ian Stewart’s A Puzzle for Pirates from Scientific American’s Mathematical Recreations column is a strategic and logical challenge for high-school students and math buffs.
The Mystery of Pirate Ringold’s Lost Treasure is a fraction problem for treasure hunters on board the lost pirate ship Grand Looter.
Place Value Pirates is an interactive game in which kids identify decimal places by (bloodlessly) stabbing the proper pirate with a cutlass.
Walk the Plank is an exercise in adding and subtracting integers (negative and positive numbers to three places). Get the right answers and a professor goes in the drink.

(MOSTLY) IMAGINARY PIRATES

  In June Sobel’s Shiver Me Letters (Sandpiper, 2009), an animal pirate crew (captained by a crocodile with a hook) is out to capture all the letters of the alphabet. A clever alphabetical adventure with a simple rhyming text, punctuated with piratical roars of “R!” For ages 3-7.
  The masterpiece of alphabet-plundering piracy, however, is certainly James Thurber’s The Wonderful O, originally published in 1957. (It was reissued in a beautiful edition in 2009 as part of the NYR Children’s Collection.) A mix of marvelous word play, poetry, poignancy, and humor, this is the story of a pirate named Black who – ever since his mother was fatally stuck in a porthole – has despised the letter O. Landing on the island of Ooroo in search of treasure, Black and gang proceed to take over and to expunge the offensive letter from the language. Soon bakers have no dough; goldsmiths, no gold; blacksmiths, no forges; candymakers, no chocolate; and candlemakers, no tallow – and “A man named Otto Ott, when asked his name, could only stutter.” Still, the islanders are determined that four O words must not be lost: hope, love, valor, and – most important of all – freedom. For ages 8 and up.
  In Melinda Long’s How I Became a Pirate (Harcourt, 2003), Jeremy Jacobs is building a sandcastle at the beach when a shipload of pirates shows up, looking for the Spanish Main (“We must have taken a wrong turn at Bora Bora.”) Off Jeremy goes for a stint on board – which includes staying up late, never eating vegetables, and learning to say “Arrr!” However, there’s no tucking in at night and no bedtime story, so eventually Jeremy decides he’d be better off at home – though before he and the pirates part ways, he helps them find a perfect place to bury their treasure. For ages 3-8.
  There’s a sequel – Pirates Don’t Change Diapers (Harcourt, 2007) – in which pirate captain and crew return for their loot and disastrously wake up Jeremy’s baby sister, Bonney Anne.
  To accompany the books, see Long’s Pirate Activity Book (HMH Books, 2010), which includes instructions for making a newspaper pirate hat, a tea-dyed treasure map, and an eye patch, along with a pirate card game, tattoos, and drawing pages.
  In David McPhail’s Edward and the Pirates (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 1997), Edward – a bookworm who wears enormous glasses – is reading about pirate treasure when a crew of pirates bursts into his bedroom, insisting that Edward’s book shows where their treasure is buried. (It’s a nice plug for the benefits of reading: the pirates are in trouble because they can’t.) For ages 3-8.
  Mem Fox’s Tough Boris (Sandpiper, 1998) is the story of the fierce and evil-looking pirate Boris – who nonetheless cries when his pet parrot dies. For ages 3-7.
  Brett Helquist’s Roger, the Jolly Pirate (HarperCollins, 2007) is a zanily twisted account of how the skull-and-crossbones pirate flag came to be. Cheerful Roger – who grins instead of growling – is banished to the hold whenever there’s a battle. Hoping to ingratiate himself with his dismissive mates, Roger bakes them a cake – which promptly explodes, shooting a ghostly flour-covered Roger across the deck. The sight terrifies the enemy Admiral and his men into abandoning ship, and jolly Roger becomes a hero. In recognition of Roger and his cake, the grateful pirates stitch up a commemorative flag. For ages 3-7.
  Douglas Florian’s Shiver Me Timbers (Beach Lane Books, 2012) is a collection of 19 funny illustrated poems about pirates (“rude, crude dudes with attitude”). For ages 5 and up.
  Pete, of Kim Kennedy’s Pirate Pete (Harry N. Abrams, 2002), and his parrot pal steal the Queen’s treasure map and set off to look for gold, landing on island after island – and being foiled time and time again. (The hoped-for pot of leprechaun gold on Clover Island, for example, turns out to contain Irish stew.) They finally find genuine treasure on Mermaid Island, only to be caught in the act by the furious Queen, who takes the treasure and leaves Pete and parrot marooned. Luckily she forgets about Pete’s rowboat – which allows the piratical pair to paddle off into a couple of sequels. For ages 4-8.
  Rebecca Rupp’s Dragon of Lonely Island (Candlewick Press, 2002) – I can’t help but mention it – includes a pirate adventure. Dragon is set on an island off the coast of Maine, where three visiting children discover, in a cave on a hilltop, a three-headed dragon. The dragon has the ability to tell wonderful stories from its past that make listeners feel as though they were really there. One of these is the story of young Jamie Pritchett, kidnapped by a pirate crew and taken to sea as their cabin boy. When the pirates land on a desert island, Jamie runs away – and finds a treasure hoard, presided over by a dragon. For ages 5-11.
  In Jon Scieszka’s The Not-So-Jolly Roger (Puffin, 2004), second in the giggle-provoking Time Warp Trio series, Fred, Sam, and Joe – using the magical Book, the gift of Joe’s magician uncle – wish for buried treasure and end up in the 18th century as captives of Edward Teach, the formidable pirate known as Blackbeard. For ages 7-11.
Visit Time Warp Trio: Pirates for interactive games and activities to accompany The Not-So-Jolly Roger. 
See Pirates for a lesson plan with background information, hands-on activities, and a resource list for The Not-So-Jolly Roger.
  In Hergé’s The Secret of the Unicorn (Little, Brown and Company, 1974), boy reporter Tintin (always accompanied by his faithful dog, Snowy) attempts to buy a model sailing ship for his friend Captain Haddock – and promptly becomes entangled with thieves, secret treasure, and the exciting history of Captain Haddock’s ancestor, Sir Francis, and his encounter with the dread pirate Red Rackham. The story continues in Red Rackham’s Treasure. The Tintin books, written in comic-strip format, are great reads, with challenging (and funny) plots and dialogue.
  Richard Walker’s Barefoot Book of Pirates (Barefoot Books, 2008) is a gorgeously illustrated collection of seven multicultural pirate tales, among them “The Kobold and the Pirates” from Germany, “Music Charms the Pirates” from Japan, and “The Ship of Bones” from Morocco. For ages 8-12.
  Robert Lawson’s Captain Kidd’s Cat (Little, Brown and Company, 1984) – originally written in 1956 – is the story of “Wm. Kidd, Gent.” as told by his ship’s cat, McDermot, a jaunty type who wears a ruby earring in one ear. This is a clever tongue-in-cheek biography in the style of Lawson’s Ben and Me (the life of Benjamin Franklin, as related by his mouse, Amos) and Mr. Revere and I (the life of Paul Revere, as told by his horse, Scheherazade, late of the British army). Unfortunately – Arrr! – it’s out of print, but is still available from libraries and used-book suppliers. Well worth tracking down. For ages 8-12.
  Visit Captain William Kidd for biographical information on Kidd, maps, and treasure hunt stories.
  J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan and Wendy (Sterling, 2010) is a reissue of Barrie’s original 1911 story – which I highly recommend in lieu of later adaptations. The story is deeper and more compelling, and the wording much richer. It’s also, however – be warned – politically incorrect: for example, it’s a hotbed of gender stereotypes (Wendy doesn’t get a cutlass) and Tiger Lily’s tribe is collectively referred to as “redskins.” Still, it would be a shame to miss a wonderful classic over this; and the questionable bits are great springboards for discussion.
The full text of Barrie’s Peter Pan is online here
The Peter Pan Lesson Plans website has discussion questions and extension activities categorized under English, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Character Education.
From the Birmingham Children’s Theater, the Peter Pan Study Guide has background information, a map of Neverland, questions and activities for grades 2-8, and interesting information on flying.
Design a flying human! See If Peter Pan Can Fly, Why Can’t I? for a multifaceted lesson plan on animal flight for grades 2-6.
From the Core Knowledge Foundation, click on “Core Knowledge Classic Lesson Plans” and “Second Grade” for a multidisciplinary 16-lesson unit study on Peter Pan.
  Finding Captain Hook’s Treasure is a map-based exercise for grades K-5,
  The 2004 film Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp (as Barrie) and Kate Winslet is the story of the family who inspired Barrie to create Peter Pan. Rated PG. For more information, see the Internet Movie Database.
  Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Peter and the Starcatchers (Perfection Learning, 2006) is an explanatory prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan for readers ages 10 and up. Fourteen-year-old Peter is one of several orphaned boys on board the ship Never Land, all destined for slavery on the island of Rundoon, ruled by evil King Zarboff. Also on board is young Molly Aster who proves to be a “Starcatcher,” traveling with a trunk filled with magical starstuff – a substance that confers, among other things, the ability to fly. When pirates, captained by the vicious Black Stache, get wind of the magical cargo, there’s a chase and a pitched battle that ends with the Never Land wrecked on a desert island. There the starstuff proceeds to do its magical stuff, and Peter (at least temporarily) defeats Black Stache by slashing off his hand (soon to be replaced with a hook). There are several sequels.
Public response indicates that the book is almost universally adored; it’s now a stage play in New York City and a movie version is scheduled to hit the theaters in 2014. That said, I – clearly in the minority – didn’t care for it much. (Some things you just don’t want explained.) But see what your kids think.
imgres I love this one! Hilary Westfield, the heroine of Caroline Carlson’s hilarious The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (HarperCollins, 2013) is determine to become a pirate, even thought the VNHLP refuses to admit girls. Undaunted, Hilary runs away from Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies and – her talking gargoyle in tow – joins up with Jasper Fletcher, Terror of the Southlands. And off they go in search of magical buried treasure. For ages 8-12.
  In Sid Fleischman’s The Thirteenth Floor (Greenwillow Books, 2007), young orphan Buddy Stebbens and his attorney older sister Liz, struggling to save their family home, wish that they had the fabled treasure of their pirate ancestor, Captain Crackstone. Lured by a mysterious answering machine message, they take separate elevator trips to the thirteenth floor of an old building downtown – and find themselves transported to the 17th century. Buddy ends up on board Crackstone’s pirate ship, sailing toward Boston – where, upon arrival, he finds Liz embroiled in the Salem witchcraft trials. For ages 9-12.
  Also by Sid Fleischman, see The Ghost in the Noonday Sun (Greenwillow Books, 2007), the story of young Oliver Finch, born with the ability to see ghosts. Oliver is kidnapped by the notorious pirate Captain Scratch who plans to exploit Oliver’s strange talent to find buried treasure. For ages 9-12.
  Ted Bell’s Nick of Time (Square Fish, 2009) is the first of the Nick McIver Time Adventure series, in which 12-year-old Nick, son of a lighthouse keeper on an island in the English Channel in 1939, finds a sea chest on the beach containing what proves to be a time machine. Soon Nick and his sister Kate are players in parallel battles, one with German U-boats in the present, the other with the pirate Billy Blood over a hundred years in the past. For ages 11 and up.
  Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island – the all-time classic pirate book – was originally published in 1883 and is now available in any number of editions, including simplified versions for younger readers.
The original text of Treasure Island is available online here
  See Dover Publications for the Treasure Island Coloring Book, which has 34 black-line illustrations to color, plus an abbreviated text. $3.95.
Treasure Island Resources has a map of Treasure Island, a diagram and exercise sheet on the parts of a pirate ship, a pirate vocabulary list with crossword puzzles, and suggestions for celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19).
  Eve Bunting’s The Pirate Captain’s Daughter (Sleeping Bear Press, 2011) begins “I always knew my father was a pirate and I always knew I wanted to be one, too.” Fifteen-year-old Catherine disguises herself as a boy, adopts the name of Charlie, and joins her father on board the ship Reprisal. For ages 12 and up.
  Jack, of L.A. Meyers’s Bloody Jack (Graphia, 2010), is also a girl. Mary Faber, orphaned and left homeless on the streets of London, cuts off her hair and lands a job as ship’s boy on the H.M.S. Dolphin. Mary adapts to life on board, picks up the nickname “Bloody Jack” in a pirate skirmish, struggles to cope with her “Deception” as she increasingly matures, and falls in love. For ages 12 and up.
  In Tanith Lee’s Piratica: Being a Daring Tale of a Singular Girl’s Adventures Upon the High Seas (Dutton Children’s Books, 2003), Miss Artemisia Fitz-Willoughby Weatherhouse takes a tumble down the stairs at the Angels Academy for Young Maidens and suddenly remembers her past: she’s the daughter of the famous pirate captain Molly Faith (a.k.a. Piratica), with whom she spent her early childhood on the high seas. In truth, it turns out that Molly was an actress and Art’s memories are of stage performances – but Art, undeterred, hijacks a galleon and persuades her mother’s former stage crew to accompany her as genuine pirates, under a black-and-pink Jolly Roger. For ages 12 and up.
  William Goldman’s The Princess Bride (Harcourt, 2007) is a brilliant tongue-in-cheek fairy tale filled with “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Hate. Revenge. Giants.” – and featuring an enchanting cast of characters, among them Westley, a stable boy turned hero, the beautiful princess Buttercup, the valiant swordsman Inigo Montoya, the evil prince Humperdinck, and the Dread Pirate Roberts. For teenagers and adults. This title appears on many high-school reading lists.
  Also see the 1987 movie version of The Princess Bride directed by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, and Andre the Giant. Rated PG. (There’s kissing.)
Reading Group Guide: This Princess Bride has a list of discussion questions to accompany the book (or movie). 
  The Princess Bride website has a plot synopsis, trivia quizzes, video clips, and downloadable patterns for cut-and-fold Cubecraft Princess Bride characters. Find out if you could be the next Dread Pirate Roberts.

(MOSTLY) REAL PIRATES

  A Year on a Pirate Ship (Millbrook Press, 2009) by Elizabeth Havercroft covers twelve months of pirate life with tiny detailed illustrations, made to be pored over. The pirates variously load their ship, set to sea, and tackle whales, enemies, weeds, and shipwreck. For ages 5 and up.
  Barry Clifford’s Real Pirates (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2008) is the picture-book history of the ship Whydah, first a slave ship, then a pirate ship, and finally a spectacular underwater archaeological find. For ages 9 and up.
  The Whydah Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the recovery of the wreck of pirate “Black Sam” Bellamy’s treasure-laden Whydah, sunk in a storm in 1717.
  Richard Platt’s Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter (Candlewick Press, 2005), the fictional diary of a nine-year-old boy, is an historically accurate picture of 18th-century pirate life. Included are maps, a cutaway diagram of a pirate ship, a short history of piracy, and biographies of famous pirates. For ages 9 and up.
Pirate Diary has detailed instructions (with questions and resource links) for a journal-based project based on  the book.
  John Malam’s You Wouldn’t Want to be a Pirate’s Prisoner (Children’s Press, 2002) in the Horrible Things You’d Rather Not Know series, traces the pirate experience from “Treasure Fleet! Your Ship Sets Sail” through “Pirate’s Prize,” “In Irons! Shackled to the Deck,” “Flogged!,” “Diseased and Done For,” and “Marooned,” to “Saved! The Navy to the Rescue.” The not-so-nice side of piracy for ages 9 and up.
  Blackbeard (Running Press Kids, 2011) by Pat Croce is a 56-page biography of Edward Teach – a.k.a. Blackbeard, one of the most notorious pirates of all time. For ages 9-12.
Visit Blackbeard Lives for a video of the wreck site of what may be Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and background information on Blackbeard. (See Pirate Ships, below.)
  J. Patrick Lewis’s Blackbeard the Pirate King (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006) is a collection of twelve illustrated poems about the wicked but ever-popular pirate. For ages 7 and up.
  Kathleen Krull’s Lives of the Pirates covers nineteen in chronological order, from Alvilda, Viking princess turned pirate circa 400, through Captain Kidd, William Dampier, Mary Read and Anne Bonney, and Black Sam Bellamy. Catchily written and informative for ages 9-14.
  Piracy: an equal-opportunity profession. Jane Yolen’s Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2010) is a reader-friendly survey of female pirates, from Artemisia, the Admiral-Queen of Persia, in the 5th century BCE, to the 18th century’s Anne Bonney and Mary Read and the 19th century’s Madame Chang.  For ages 9-13.
  By C.S. Forester – author of the Horatio Hornblower series – The Barbary Pirates (Sterling Point Books, 2007) is the story of America’s clash with the pirates off the shores of Tripoli in North Africa in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. For ages 12 and up.
  Benerson Little’s How History’s Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away With It (Fair Winds Press, 2010) covers the exploits of thirteen famous pirates, among them Grace O’Malley, Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), and Jean Lafitte. For teenagers and adults.
  David Cordingly’s Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates (Random House, 2006) is a fascinating history of real and imaginary pirates – the romance, it turns out, was highly overrated – for teenagers and adults.
  The Pirate Hunter (Hyperion, 2003) by Richard Zacks is subtitled “The True Story of Captain Kidd.” In this detailed 400+-page biography, Zacks argues that Kidd was actually a privateer, hired by the British government to track down pirates and retrieve stolen goods. For teenagers and adults.
  Colin Woodard’s The Republic of Pirates (Mariner Books, 2008) is the story of the “Golden Age” of pirates in the early 18th century, when a consortium of pirates – among them “Black Sam” Bellamy and Edward “Blackbeard” Teach – set up a functioning government in the Bahamas. Pirates, perhaps, but also social revolutionaries. For teenagers and adults. 
  Stephan Talty’s Empire of Blue Water is the story of legendary pirate Henry Morgan and his (impressively influential) 17th-century career attacking Spaniards in the Caribbean. For teenagers and adults.

PIRATES ON STAGE AND SCREEN. PLUS COOKIES.

  Rob Ossian’s Pirate’s Cove claims to list every pirate movie ever made – and if you think Pirates of the Caribbean was it, this might be the site for you. The alphabetical list has descriptive synopses of over 300 pirate movies, among them six versions of Peter Pan, thirteen of Treasure Island, and such single gems as Disney’s Blackbeard’s Ghost (with Peter Ustinov in the title role), Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk (both starring a swashbuckling Errol Flynn), The Princess Bride, and The Swiss Family Robinson (who, in the grand finale, fend off marauding pirates).
See Pirates of the Caribbean: Fact, Myth, and Movie for a list of activity suggestions to accompany pirate movie viewings.
  Bake Jack Sparrow’s tricorn hat cookies.
  A terrific version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Pirates of Penzance is available on DVD from Universal Studios (1983), with Kevin Kline in fine form as the Pirate King, and Rex Smith and Linda Ronstadt as Frederic and Mabel, the unhappy young lovers. The premise: Frederic has been apprenticed to the pirates by mistake by his deaf nurse (she was supposed to link him up with a pilot), and must remain with them until his 21st birthday, which in Frederic’s case makes for a long apprenticeship, since he was born on February 29th, Leap Year. $13.99 at http://www.amazon.com.
From the San Francisco Opera Guild, The Pirates of Penzance is a detailed study guide, crammed with background information and related activities.

PIRATE ACTIVITIES

  Dugald Steer’s Pirateology (Candlewick Press, 2006) in the popular Ologies series, purports to be the ship’s log of 18th-century pirate hunter William Lubber. The log, written on parchment-type paper and crammed with creative illustrations, has information about everything from sailor’s knots and navigation to battle tactics, and a lot of appealing interactive elements, including fold-out maps and a working compass (set in the front cover). For ages 8-12.
  Pirate’s Log by Avery Monsen and Jory John (Chronicle Books, 2008) is a 172-page illustrated interactive “Handbook for Aspiring Swashbucklers.” Users pick their pirate name and the name of their ship, list the ten things – just ten – to pack to bring on board, determine (via eye test) which is the best eye over which to wear a piratical eyepatch, and learn the proper pronunciation of “Arrr!” – and there are games, puzzles, challenges, and information on essential pirate activities like swabbing the deck and walking the plank. Fun and funny for ages 8 and up.
   See National Geographic: Pirates for an interactive high-seas adventure, a list of Books for Buccaneers, and a short illustrated history of Blackbeard.
   Arrr! Say it like a pirate! See How a Pirate Would Say It translates text – even entire web pages – into piratese.
Put on a play! The Pirates’ Code is a short reader’s theater script, starring Captain Hook, Long John Silver, Blackbeard, Captain Calico Jack Rackham, and Smee. 
  DLTK’s Pirate Ideas for Children has pirate themed coloring pages, puzzles, games, and crafts, among them a milk-carton pirate ship, a paper-plate pirate mask, and a collapsible spyglass telescope.
  Pirate Poems has general instructions for making a pirate paper-bag puppet holding a pirate poetry book. You’ll need colored pencils, scissors, construction paper, a paper bag, and some poetic imagination.
  The Pirate Ship Art Lesson has instructions for making a construction-paper pirate ship on a wavy painted ocean. See the website for some great examples of student projects.
  See Busy Bee’s Pirate Crafts has many activities for preschoolers and early-elementary-level kids, among them a pirate map, pirate hook, newspaper pirate hat, a toilet-paper-roll parrot, and a simple catapult, capable of firing marshmallows and cotton balls.
Talk Like a Pirate Day Crafts has illustrated step-by-step instructions for a truly terrific rolled-newspaper pirate sword.
  From Artists Helping Children, Pirate Crafts for Kids has a long list of craft projects with instructions. Make pirate treasure chests, puppets, costumes, ships, and pirate-themed greeting cards. Some annoying advertising.
  Barbara Soloff Levy’s How to Draw Pirates (Dover Publications, 2008) includes step-by-step instructions for drawing captain, crew, ship, cannon, gold doubloons, and Jolly Roger. $4.99.
From Enchanted Learning, Pirates has printable worksheets, quizzes, puzzles, and instructions for making a treasure chest from a shoebox.

PIRATE SHIPS

  There are, of course, dozens of pirate ship toys, models, and kits for all ages. A particularly affordable version: American Science and Surplus sells a nice little wooden pirate ship kit for a mere $1.95, complete with black string rigging and paper sails.
  Box Creations has a folding cardboard pirate-ship playhouse, big (and tough) enough for two to three kids to board for the Spanish Main. Put the thing together and decorate it with colored markers or crayons. About $30.
  Build Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl in Legos for just $99.99.
Need to name a pirate ship? Check the Pirate Ship Name Generator.
The New England Pirate Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, has a recreated dockside village, a replica pirate ship, a cave filled with pirate treasure, and a walking tour of buccaneers. It sounds cool. Also see the museum’s Education Curriculum page for projects, activities, and challenges for kids of all ages.
  From the Archaeological Institute of America, Loaded Guns, Barrels of Rum, and a Silk Ribbon is an interesting overview of the archaeology of pirate shipwrecks.
  From Smithsonian magazine, Did Archaeologists Uncover Blackbeard’s Treasure? is an account of the underwater exploration of the wreck that just might be the remains of Queen Anne’s Revenge.
From Ask magazine for ages 6-9, Ask an Underwater Archaeologist is an interview with archaeologist Wendy Walsh about the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
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  1. Posted March 12, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    What a great collection of resources! Thanks for sharing.

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