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Yo ho-ho and a shiver me be, a pirate’s map that's clear to see? Not if you hide the directions to the treasure under Crayola® Erasable Twistables™!
Ah, the pirate’s life, sailing the open seas, visiting the world’s sights, and collecting treasures! Actually, pirates were criminals who took what was not theirs and spread fear around the globe. Many rulers protected and encouraged pirates’ activities while asking for part of their booty. Some famous pirates are John Paul Jones, Jean Lafitte, and Sir Francis Drake. Organize students into small groups. Ask each group to select one pirate to study. Select appropriate text and electronic resources for students to use during their investigation.
Once research is complete, ask students to consider how pirates may have used maps. These were very valuable tools to pirates and sailors alike. Few pirates buried their treasure. Most spent it instead. Rock Braziliano was one pirate who did bury his treasure on a Caribbean island. Invite students to look at a map that includes the Carribbean Islands. Why would a pirate choose to bury his treasure there?
Challenge students to create a treasure map that may have been helpful to a pirate. Picture a land where pirates would hide treasures. Would it be near water? Students begin by covering their work area with recycled newspaper. Cover white paper with Crayola Washable Watercolors to make the paper look yellow with age. Air-dry the paper.
With Crayola Washable Markers and Twistables, students draw their treasure maps. Encourage them to show landmarks and details.
In one corner, students write the directions to find their treasure in marker. What measurements would pirates have used to help them find their treasure?
Using Erasable Colored Pencils of the same colors, students cover the details. Now only pirates who have Erasable Colored Pencils will be able to erase the colored pencils and see the map’s precise details!
To make maps look well used, students tear around the edges. Fold and refold it. Crumple it if so desired.
Students present their treasure maps to small groups of classmates. Encourage presenting groups to share the reasoning behind their selection of locations for buried treasure!
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