I decided to give our day a pirate theme. To do this, I set up a compass rose on our carpet with painter's tape and set up a treasure hunt. The set up for this took a total of 10 minutes. I read the kids the first instruction and had 10 minutes of free time while they scrambled to find costumes.
The kids learned the cardinal directions and how to use a unit of standard measurement. Here, each step was 30 cm long. To remember the cardinal directions I taught them (Never-Eat-Shredded-Wheat and Never-Enter-Stinky-Washrooms.) They liked the second one better! When the hunt was over, they divided up the treasure equally. I used coins so we could study the value of quarters, nickels and dimes. We practiced counting by 5s, 10s and 25s.
I think my kids may be getting a bit spoiled because they said my treasure hunt was a bit boring. I told them to top it...and they did. They wrote clues for each other to find treasure, made a treasure map and two types of boats. One for their dolls that would float in water and one that they could sit in using a cardboard box.
As a writing task, my kids chose to write out pirate jokes we found online.
Other writing ideas:
*Writing a pirate story
*Labeling a diagram of their boats and writing step by step how they made it.
*Making up treasure hunt clues
*Making a wanted poster for a pirate
*Writing in role as a pirate
Here I will share some every day activities that can draw from various strands across different age groups. Remember each child has different interests so the key to working with your child is to follow their lead and ask the right questions.