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Language Arts

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle Writing Activity

Have students bring in clean, empty 16.9 oz. or 20 oz. water bottles. Assign each student in the class the name of another student. Have the students write letters of encouragement to each other. They can focus on the qualities they like in their fellow student. Roll the letters and tie them with twine. Insert the scrolls into the bottles. With a Sharpie, write the name of the recipient on the bottle. Exchange the messages in a bottle. Following the activity, have a group discussion.

  • How did the students feel writing their letters?
  • How did they feel when they received and read their messages in a bottle?



Pirate Punch Recipe


1 part pineapple juice

1 part apple juice

1 part cranberry juice


In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Serve chilled.

  • If three parts of punch equals one cup of pirate punch, write the recipe in fractions.

Ship’s Wheel Geometry

Skipper on Ship Wheel

A ship’s wheel usually has 6 or 8 spokes. Look at page 36 of the book in Chapter 8. Skipper is sitting on a ship’s wheel. It has six spokes.

  • Draw a ship’s sheel on the board. Teach students the following geometry terms:
    • Diameter – the measurement of circle all the way across
    • Radius – half of the diameter, the measurement from the middle of the circle to the edge of the circle
    • Circumference – the distance around a circle


Captain Deadeye Faces Bull Shark

Shark Bait!

Sharks have some of the most powerful jaws on the planet. In the animal kingdom, it is not usual for the upper and lower jaws to move. However, a shark is different and both its upper and lower jaws move to bite its food. It moves its head back and forth to tear apart a piece of meat, which it then swallows whole.

Sharks never have to go to the dentist because if they lose a tooth, a new one moves forward in its place. It has rows of teeth stored behind the current set of teeth. You can tell that a shark is a carnivore and a predator because of how sharp all of its teeth are.


  • As a child, Dianne used to live in southern Spain. She and her brother collected sharks teeth that would wash up on the shore and they would make necklaces.
  • Have the students create a shark’s tooth necklace. Cut the tooth from a paper plate folded in half, with the fold at the top of the tooth. Fold the tooth over a piece of string or yarn and glue it closed. Add beads if you wish.

Positively Parrots

There are about 372 different species of the parrot bird. Most parrots live in tropical areas. They possess curved bills (beaks), super strong legs, and clawed feet. Parrots are often bright and colorful. They are believed to be one of the most intelligent bird species. The cockatoo, the cockatiel, the kea, the kaka, and the kakapo are various types of parrots. Some species are known for imitating human voices, which is why many people like having them as pets. The country of Dominica features the sisserou parrot on their flag.


  • Create a parrot out of a 4-inch cardboard tube. Wrap the tube in red construction paper. Create colorful feathers for the wings, cut and glue a bill (beak), and attach googly eyes.

Social Studies

Oceanside Elementary

Where in the world is Pensacola, Florida?

Pensacola is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Florida is a peninsula, which is a land mass surrounded on three sides by water. It is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Pensacola is located on the western side of Florida at the top of the panhandle, near Alabama. It is a popular beach destination for families.


  • Have the students find Pensacola on a map of the United States.
  • Describe a place you have visited. Write a paragraph about it.

Where in the World is the Caribbean?

The Caribbean islands are the islands that border or are located in the Caribbean Sea. Thousands of islands are part of the island countries of the Caribbean region: Anguilla, Antigua-and-Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Caribbean Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts-and-Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent-and-the-Grenadines, Trinidad-and-Tobago, and United States Virgin Islands. A few continental countries also have islands in the Caribbean including Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Panama.


  • Have the students find the Caribbean Sea using a world map.
  • Using the world map, have the students find each of the countries listed.

Cartography – Map Making

Treasure Map

Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. The word comes from the Greek word “khartēs,” which means map and the Greek word “graphein,” which means to write.


  • Using a crumpled, deconstructed paper bag, have the students create an imaginary treasure map with a map key.
  • Discuss common icons on a pirate’s treasure map.