Pirate ships are an awesome part of pirate history. This homeschool unit study on pirates focuses on many pirate ship topics. Learn what type of ships where used by real pirates. Your boy might be surprised to learn that most pirate ships were not very big as they preferred ships that would be swift and slip into shallow waters—you can image why!
Learn about life on board a pirate ship and about the most famous pirate ships to sail the seas. Find out if “walk the plank was a real way pirates on ships dealt with those who broke the rules or if pirates kept parrots for pets while on board. One of the things I enjoy about a unit study is that there is research involved. There are multiple answers for some of the questions here. Have your boy do his own research to see who he thinks is right.
There is so much fun info for boys to learn about pirates they could study this topic for ages. A unit study about pirate ships is a really fun way to learn about pirates, history, geography and much more. Take my word for it me matey!
Pirate Ships Homeschool Unit Study:
7 Famous Pirate ships with a brief history of each captain and ship.
The Great Ships: Pirate Ships. Great documentary with everything you want to know about pirate ships. Really well done.
Pirate Pets On Board:
Life on a Pirate Ships:
Short Slideshare of life on a pirate ship. FYI: There are 2 pictures of people scurvy and some rather graphic details in one of the slides of ailments and rotting food.
Life Aboard a Pirate Ship video from The History Channel. FYI: Detailed info on amputations, rum and food rot (maggots, rats etc.)
Learn about all of the Jobs aboard a pirate ship.
Pirate Ship Parts, Rigging and Sailing Terminology:
Nice diagram of a basic pirate ship with details.
Detailed diagram of rigging for a model builders purposes but it is intriguing and has some in real life pictures of rigging as well.
Ship parts glossary. (Note: the ads on this site changed for me a few times and some were iffy. Check it first if you are concerned.)
Very comprehensive list of Sailing Terminology.
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Pirate Ships Homeschool Unit Study Activities:
Make a large cardboard pirate ship to play in.
Label a pirate ship activity. Fairly easy, for younger boys or beginner pirates.
Pirate Ship Sailing Game:
This online sailing simulator will allow your boys to try his hand at sailing. Try the lime green controls to adjust the speed of the ship and change sail position and rudder position. You can also use the green bar that says “downwind” to change the position of your ship and try to get it back straightened out. Fun and interesting:
Pirate Ship Puzzles:
Help the pirate get through the maze to his pirate ship: Jolly Roger Skull maze; medium difficulty.
I love this Ravensburger Pirate Ship – 200 Piece Puzzle. Great graphic image of pirate ships. Ravensburger makes great quality puzzles and games.
After much consideration I have decided to cover pirate weapons in an upcoming post. Yes, cannons and other weapons were used on pirate ships but there are so many great details that it deserves it’s own post. You won’t believe what one of the most important weapons was. Here it is! Shiver Me Timbers, Pirate Weapons!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this pirate ships segment of the homeschool unit study pirates series. You might also like Pirate Unit Study: Pirate Games for a lot more fun learning with pirates. See all of the posts in the pirate unit study here.
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