This post originally appeared on the blog TEACHERS RESOURCE FORCE THE BLOG.
So, it’s almost International Talk Like a Pirate Day, aye! 19th September is a day where we should all be talking like pirates apparently, savvy? This isn’t something I have ever tried before in all honesty, but I’m so curious to see my students’ reaction – especially my year 7s! So I’m going to be easing them in gently with some pirate themed exit tickets (in a cute emoji style, of course!)…
So firstly, let me start by saying I believe exit tickets are a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. They’re great for students to reflect on their learning in your lesson but also for you to see how well your class has understood a topic in a quick snapshot. There are many ways to do it that don’t require any printing, for example post-it notes or mini whiteboards, but sometimes there really is a time and a place for a cute printable exit ticket!
Anything emoji in this day and age will get your students’ attention. They use them as a form of communication in every day life and these little smileys are a great way of conveying emotion too: that’s what makes them ideal on exit tickets. I use these regular emoji exit tickets all the time with my students and they adore them! That’s what inspired me to crank things up a notch and create a special Pirate themed version – perfect for International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
They are so simple to use and will work for any subject and a huge age range. What’s more is that all the text is editable so you can personalize them to your lesson if needed! This particular set comes with ready made Pirate speak instructions to fit with the theme, but you’re of course free to edit as you wish!
If you like these and would like to use them in your classroom, you can download the full version with all 9 tickets here. If you’d like to try out a freebie first, make sure you become a member where you can download lots of exclusive freebies not offered anywhere else, as well as receive a newsletter letting you know when a new freebie has been added!
Finally, here’s some fun ideas and pirate lingo you can use in your classroom on ITLAPD:
- Have the image below up on your projector or print off some cards for the students to use a reference during the day – then encourage everyone to try at least once to use of these words or phrases.
- Ask students to answer to their names during the register using pirate speak (maybe “Ahoy” or “Aye”!)
- You can give verbal feedback in pirate speak: “Shiver me timbers – what a fantastic answer, matey!”
- Warn students in advance that this day is coming up and they should research some popular words or phrases to use in lessons beforehand – maybe the student who uses pirate speak the most during the day can win a prize!
- Play pirate speak bingo – students can make up their own grid using words from the image below or any they researched themselves. Every time someone hears a word or phrase said in pirate speak during the day, they can check it off their grid – the first person to check them all off wins a prize! (How about some chocolate gold coins?!)
- Get hold of some props like a bandana, eye patch, hat, beard, feather, hook etc. and dress up for the students!
Feel free to use this in your lessons or even Pin it to Pinterest for some “pinspiration”! What are you doing on the 19th for Talk Like A Pirate Day?
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