I have an ocean themed classroom. I wanted my students to feel like they were taking a trip to the ocean when they walked in.
My Kindergarten and First Grade Intervention students loved this video. When I had a group with a subtraction focus, I’d play this while they walked in and sat on my carpet. They’d sing along and I introduce my lesson with a pirate accent. When I gave directions they’d yell, “Aye, aye, Captain!”
I had so much fun I created some pirate subtraction activities for them. I’ve uploaded two PowerPoints to my store.
After the video, I’d play the part of the PowerPoint they were ready for and then we would play subtraction games with the facts we were focusing on.
Here is a quick Instagram video of the Kinder version:
I’ve decided this year to add a bit a pirate section to my room to compliment the ocean theme. I’ve been pinning like a mad woman. You can see my board here.
The key was to get my husband on board. I’ve successfully convinced him it would to fun to build a pirate ship out of cardboard to put on top of my cabinet and connect to a neighboring bulletin board. I can’t wait to get started working on it this week. Be on the look out for pictures.
Do you have a classroom theme?