Program for Families

Pirate Treasure / Tesoro Pirata

By Paula Gonzales

Books to Share

I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck

Maisy en busca del tesoro Pirata / Maisy on a Pirate Treasure Hunt by Lucy Cousins

Maisy's Pirate Treasure Hunt by Lucy Cousins

Marinera Sandra by Stella Gurney

Pirate Treasure Hunt! by Jan Peck

Books to Show or Booktalk

Disney Piratas del Caribe, El Perla Negra / Disney Pirates of the Caribbean, The Black Pearl by Jean-Paul Orpinas, Marco Colletti, Wayne Kalama, and Rich Thomas.

How I Became a Pirate by David Shannon

Imagine You're a Pirate! by Meg Clibbon and Lucy Clibbon

Piratas by Richard Platt

Pirate by Richard Platt

Pirates of the Caribbean Visual Guide by Richard Platt

Bulletin Board

Find Treasure in a Book

Cover the top section of the bulletin board with blue paper and cover the lower section with tan paper. Add clip art images of a palm tree, pirates, and a treasure box. Add the Dewey Decimal numbers for locating pirate books on the shelf. Use the bulletin board to promote upcoming pirate programs.

Nametag

Pirates

Use the patterns provided at the end of this chapter to create pirate nametags and eye-patches.

Displays

Pirate Treasure

Cover a display table with a brown or green table cloth. Set up a treasure box on the table and arrange pirate books and books about treasures in it. Place additional pirate theme books, including fiction, on the table for checkout. Drape gold and silver beads and coins around the table. Make a treasure chest by covering a medium-sized lidded box or purchase one from a party store.

Decorations

Decorate the program room with the pirate pennant banner from Oriental Trading Company, http://www.orientaltrading.com.

Refreshments

Goldfish

Serve individual packs of Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® Crackers or gold treasure chocolate coins.

Contests

Pirate Costume Contest

Kids love to dress up, so have a pirate costume contest. Give a first, second, and third prize ribbon to the best dressed pirates.

Costumes and Props

Dress in pirate attire. If you have a white shirt, scarves, and jeans, you can be a pirate. Search Google images to find inspiration for a variety of pirate outfits.

Songs

If You're A Pirate and You Know It

(Piggyback song by Paula Gonzales; sing to "If You're Happy and You Know It.")

If you're a pirate and you know it, say Arrrh!

If you're a pirate and you know it, shake your peg leg.

If you're a pirate and you know it, say Ahoy there!

If you're a pirate and you know it, tip your hat.

If you're a pirate and you know it, walk the plank!

A Sailor Went to Sea

(Traditional)

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea

To see what he could see, see, see,

And all that he could see, see, see

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

Un marinero fue al mar

(Translated by Paula Gonzales)

Un marinero fue al mar, mar, mar

Para ver lo que él podría ver, ver, ver

Pero todo que él podría ver, ver, ver

Fue el fondo del mar, mar, mar.

Audio Recordings

"Away, Away, Away", "Treasure", and "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" on Pirates of the Caribbean: Swashbuckling Sea Songs by Walt Disney Records

Flannel Boards

"The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile" in Flannel Board Storytelling Book: Second Edition by Judy Sierra

Puppet Plays

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Pirate

(By Krissy Conn, with Spanish words provided by Paula Gonzales. Used with permission.)

Puppets
  • Three marionette goat puppets
  • Pirate

If you do not have marionette puppets or a pirate puppet, you can make stick puppets. Copy a simple goat pattern on card stock from any coloring page website. Make small, medium and large goat pictures and laminate them for sturdy stick puppets. Follow the same instructions for the pirate stick puppet.

Characters
  • Three Billy Goats / Los tres cabritos
  • Small Billy Goat / La más pequeña cabra.
  • Medium size Billy Goat / La cabra tamaño de media
  • Big Billy Goat / La cabra más grande
  • Troll/Pirate / El gnomo/La pirata
Settings

This puppet play may be presented on a puppet stage without props or scenery, or with the following scenery.

  • mountain/la montaña
  • river/el rio
  • bridge/el puente

Narrator: Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats, los tres cabritos, called Gruff. In the winter they lived in the valley. When spring came they longed to travel up to the mountains to eat the lush sweet grass. On their way to the mountain, la montaña, the three Billy Goats Gruff, los tres cabritos, had to cross a rushing river - un río. But there was only one bridge across it, made of wooden planks.

(Set out the bridge)

Narrator: And underneath the bridge there lived a terrible, ugly, troll, un gnomo feo. Nobody was allowed to cross the bridge without the troll's - el gnomo - permission, and nobody ever got permission. He always ate them up. The smallest Billy Goat Gruff, la más pequeña cabra was first to reach the bridge.

(Enter smallest billy goat puppet)

Narrator: Trippity-trop, trippity-trop went his little hooves as he trotted over the wooden planks. Ting-tang, ting-tang went the little bell round his neck.

Troll/Pirate: Who be that trotting over me bridge, el puente?

Smallest Billy Goat Gruff: (In a small, squeaky voice) It's just me, the littlest Billy Goat Gruff, la más pequeña cabra. I'm only going up to the mountain, la montaña to eat the sweet spring grass.

(Pirate enters and appears on the bridge.)

Troll/Pirate: Arg! No, you're not! I be eating ye for breakfast!

Smallest Billy Goat Gruff: Oh no, por favor Mr. Troll, señor gnomo! I'm only… wait… you don't look like a troll, un gnomo to me. You look like a pirate, un pirata.



Troll/Pirate: Grrr… I be a troll, un gnomo, ye scallywag. And I be eating ye for breakfast.

Smallest Billy Goat Gruff: Oookay. Well, I'm only the smallest Billy Goat Gruff, la más pequeña cabra. I'm much too tiny for you to eat, and I wouldn't taste very good. Why don't you wait for my brother, the second Billy Goat Gruff, la cabra media de tamaño? He's much bigger than me and would be much more tasty.

Narrator: The Pirate, la pirata did not…

Troll/Pirate: (Interrupting) Nay, I be a Troll, un gnomo ye landlubber!

Narrator: Right. The Troll, el gnomo, did not want to waste his time on a little goat if there was a bigger and better one to eat.



Troll/Pirate: All right, matey, ye may cross me plank.

Smallest Billy Goat Gruff: Bridge, el puente.

Troll/Pirate: Go and get fatter on the mountain, la montaña and I be eating ye on yer way back!

(The smallest Billy Goat Gruff crosses the bridge while the pirate hides again.)

Narrator: So the smallest Billy Goat Gruff, la más pequeña cabra skipped across to the other side. The Pirate/ la pirata did not…

Troll/Pirate: Get it right, ye scurvy dog. Or ye be facin' Davey Jones' Locker.

Narrator: (Clears throat) The Troll, el gnomo did not have to wait long for the second Billy Goat Gruff, la cabra media de tamaño. Clip-clop, clip-clop went his hooves as he clattered over the wooden planks. Ding-dong, ding-dong went the bell around his neck.



(Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff comes out.)

Troll/Pirate: Who be that clattering across me bridge, el puente?"



Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff: I'm the second Billy Goat Gruff, soy la cabra media de tamaño, I'm going up to the mountain, la montaña to eat the lovely spring grass. (Spoken in middle sized voice)

Troll/Pirate: Arg! No, you're not! I be eating ye for breakfast!

(Troll /Pirate appears on bridge.)

Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff: Oh, no, por favor, I may be bigger than the first Billy Goat Gruff, la más pequeña cabra, but I'm much smaller than my brother, the third Billy Goat Gruff, la cabra más grande. Why don't you… are you a pirate?

Troll/Pirate: Nay. I be a troll, un gnomo.

Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff: Are you sure?

Troll/Pirate: Aye.

Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff: Huh. Okay. Where was I? Oh, right. Why don't you wait for my brother? He would be much more of a meal than me.

Narrator: The troll, el gnomo was getting very hungry, but he did not want to waste his appetite on a middle-sized goat, la cabra media de tamaño if there was an even bigger one to come.



Troll/Pirate: All right, matey, ye may cross me plank.

Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff: Bridge, el puente.

Troll/Pirate: Go and get fatter on the mountain, la montaña and I be eating ye on yer way back!

Narrator: So the middle-sized Billy Goat Gruff, la cabra media de tamaño scampered across to the other side.



(Middle Sized Billy Goat Gruff crosses the bridge while the pirate hides again.)

Narrator: The troll, el gnomo did not have to wait long for the third Billy Goat Gruff, La cabra más grande. Tromp-tramp, tromp-tramp went his hooves as he stomped across the wooden planks. Bong-bang, bong-bang went the big bell round his neck.



Troll/Pirate: Who be that trotting over me bridge, el puente?

Biggest Billy Goat Gruff: Billy Goat Gruff, la cabra más grande. I'm going up to the mountain to eat the lush spring grass."

Troll/Pirate: Arg! No, you're not! I be eating ye for breakfast!

(Troll appears on bridge.)

Biggest Billy Goat Gruff: That's what you think, pirate, pirata!

Narrator: Then he lowered his horns, galloped along the bridge, el puente and butted the ugly troll, el gnomo feo. Up, up, up went the troll, el gnomo into the air... then down, down, down into the rushing river below. He disappeared below the swirling waters, and was gone.



(Biggest Billy Goat Gruff butts pirate, who flies through the air and out of sight.)

Biggest Billy Goat Gruff: So much for his breakfast, now what about mine?

Narrator: And he walked over the bridge, el puente to join his two brothers on the mountain, el montaña. From then on everyone could cross the bridge, el puente whenever they liked, thanks to the Three Billy Goats Gruff, los tres cabritos. The pirate…

Troll/Pirate: I be a TROLL, Un gnomo!

Narrator: … was never heard from again.

The End, el fin.

Stories to Tell

"Going on a Whale Watch/ Vamos a ir a mirar ballenas" in The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays by Pam Schiller, Rafael Lara-Alecio, and Beverly J. Irby. This action story is similar to "Going on a Bear Hunt".

Crafts

Pirate Eye Patch
Materials
  • Black construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn
Directions

In advance, cut one pirate patch for each child from black card stock, using the pattern provided at the end of this chapter. Punch two holes on each side of the patches. Also in advance, cut pieces of yarn long enough to tie around the children's heads. Give each child an eye patch and two pieces of yarn. The children tie the ends of each piece of yarn through each hole. Tie in place to wear the eye patches. Younger children may need assistance from an adult.

Pirate Hat
Materials
  • White or black 8½" x 11" construction paper
  • Black marker or a white-out pen
Directions

Follow the instructions from Birthday In a Box, http://images.birthdayinabox.com/partyplanning/pirate_hat_diagram.pdf or http://www.birthdayinabox.com/party-ideas/guidesdetails.asp?aseq=125&bgs=10, to demonstrate how to fold a piece of construction paper to make a pirate hat. Distribute the construction paper and let the children make their own hats. Use the black marker or a white-out pen, depending on the color of the construction paper, to draw a skull and cross bones on the hat. Alternately, print out the sheet from Lee Hansen Graphics, http://www.leehansen.com/printables/masks/pirate-hat-craft-sheet.pdf, and let the children cut out the pieces to make a headband pirate hat.

Games and Activities

Dig for Treasure Sensory Activity

Fill two medium size plastic containers or sensory tables halfway full of sand. Hide toy gold coins and gold bead chains under the sand. Allow each child to take a turn searching for a piece of treasure. To make this more challenging for older children, blindfold them before they begin to hunt for treasure. Coins can be purchased at a dollar store or from Oriental Trading Company, http://www.orientaltrading.com.

Pirate Piñata

If space permits, or the activity can be held outdoors, make or purchase a pirate-themed piñata. They are available in skull and crossbones, pirates, parrots, treasure chests, and ships. Fill the piñata with candy and small toys. Keep the kids back but blindfold one child who will swing a stick to break open the piñata.

Web-Based Activities

Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Online

http://apps.pirates.go.com/pirates/v3/welcome

This multi-player game lets you live the life of a pirate!

Guest Speakers

Invite a jeweler from a local jewelry store to talk about precious stones, minerals, and gold.

Invite a storyteller to tell stories about pirates.

Professional Resources

Woodchests

http://www.woodchests.com/Category.aspx?CategoryID=12106

The "pirate's cove" section of this online retailer sells everything related to pirates, including small treasure chests, costumes, toys, and snacks.

Craft Materials

Pirate Nametag and Eyepatch Pattern

Printer Friendly PDF Version (151 KB) (Full Page)

This page has four patterns of sweet smiley faced pirates with eye patches and scarves on their heads. At the bottom of the page are three patterns for eye patches.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011