AHOY! Arrrrgghh you ready for fun and engaging day? These 11 different pirate STEAM based centers and activities work with numbers to 100. They can be used to celebrate the 100th day of school or ANY day that you would like to have a pirate adventure. The activities are all pirate based and most of them are focused on counting, writing, and identifying numbers to 100. This can be a special day or centers spread out over a week.
THE BIG IDEA
Your students will set sail on a pirate adventure visiting different locations and completing activities in order to move to the next location on the treasure map. Their goal is to make it to Treasure Island. Once all activities are complete, they will find the treasure and be able to open the treasure chest for their reward. But, beware! There are challenges (brain breaks) to complete along the way. If they don’t, they could walk the plank!
This is set up to do in person without COVID-19 precautions; however, we also provide activities and ideas to do this virtually which would also work in a classroom following COVID-19 safety measures. We did this completely virtually. We made a Pirate Day bag that included everything they would need (our kids have supply boxes at home that include, watercolor paints, crayons, dice, scissors, etc.) for the day, topped it with a cute label, and had the parents pick it up on our biweekly Materials Pick-up Day.
CENTERS AND ACTIVITIES
There are 11 different STEAM based centers and activities included. You can choose how many (or few) you would like to do!
✗ Gold Beach (Roll to 100)- Adding, subitizing, and counting to 100
✗ Stingray Bay ( Boom Cards™ )- Digital task cards with addition and subtraction word problems, missing numbers, and making 10
✗ Mermaid Lagoon– Mermaid treasure science with baking soda and vinegar
✗ Shark Island– Engineering a way to get the pirate back to the pirate ship
✗ Jellyfish Junction– Number ordering to 100 by fives and tens
✗ Turtle Bay– Sensory bin numbers to 100
✗ Kelp Forest– Fish cracker ten frames (counting by ones to 100)
✗ Octopus Lagoon– Writing to 100 with “Octopus Ink”
✗ Treasure Island– Treasure map snack and recipe card writing
✗ Dolphin Cove– Number puzzles (ordering numbers to 100 by ones, fives, and tens)
→ Detailed directions for each center
→ Each center direction page has ideas listed as to how to do the center virtually
→ Activity printables (puzzles, number cards, etc.) and recording sheets for most activities
→ Material bag labels (baggie toppers) to use if you are sending centers and materials home for your virtual students (or creating individual centers for in-person students)
→ Most printables have color or black and white options
→ Room décor ideas
→ Signs for each location on the map
→ Letters to read to the students
→ Pirate outfit (pirate vest and hat for students to make)
→ Treasure maps to print for each students
→ Treasure chest template to carry each student’s recording sheets
→ Walk the Plank challenges (brain breaks)
→ Award certificate for completing the activities
→ Engineering Design Process poster
→ Pirate treasure ideas
We hope you and your crew have an exciting time sailing your way to 100! If you have any questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Be sure to download the preview to see everything that is included in this resource.
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