A pirate classroom theme incorporates bold colors like red, black and white. Teachers love this theme because students love it (both lower and upper elementary) and it’s simple to put together on a budget. There are tons of DIY ideas out there for this adventure-packed theme. Learn more about a pirate classroom theme below and scoop up this pirate classroom theme packet!
Pirate Theme Bulletin Board Ideas
Below are some pirate theme bulletin board ideas for elementary teachers.
Pirate Bulletin Board Backgrounds
Crumple brown paper grocery bags and staple them to your bulletin boards as background paper that resembles treasure maps. This option is free and looks great! Another option is to use sandpaper (which is available in big sheets). If you prefer to keep it simple and use solid color fabric or butcher paper for your bulletin board backgrounds, we recommend going with the colors brown, black, navy blue or red.
Pirate Bulletin Board Trim
In addition to traditional border, put these items around the perimeter of your board.
- costume plastic gems hot glued to solid color borders
- gold coins hot glued to charts, posters and bulletin board trims
- red and white stripes
- blue cellophane
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Pirate Bulletin Board Title Ideas
- Create a welcome board that reads, “Ahoy Mateys! Welcome Aboard __ Grade!”
- Make a board to display student work titled, “Work We Treasure.”
- Title your student job board as “All Hands on Deck.”
- Create a welcome board that reads, ”Welcome to Argh Crew!”
- When creating your own titles, use words like argh, ahoy, or matey.
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5 Ideas for a Pirate Classroom Theme
- Take photos of your students wearing pirate hats and eye patches. Use those pictures to label cubbies/lockers or as a great display that can be left up all year.
- Name your guided reading teams or reading groups after famous pirates (i.e. Bluebeards, Sparrows, Hooks, Blackbeards).
- Create an attention getter that relates to the theme. For example, you could say “Ahoy Mateys” and they could respond “Ay! Ay! Captain!”
- Use netting around the classroom to tie in the theme.
- Set up a display of books that relate to the theme by standing them on a counter or shelf.
Themes to Pair Your Pirate Theme With
Get access to all of the Clutter-Free Classroom decor themes and color schemes in the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection, including the ones listed below that pair really nicely with a pirate theme.
- tropical classroom theme decor
- nautical classroom theme decor
- red, brown, black and white color scheme decor bundles
Pirate Themed Classroom Pictures
The pirate classroom theme bundle includes BOTH the original version (shown below) and the newly updated version (shown above). In the newer version, we used all new clipart which includes much more diverse characters. Also, we made the entire bundle 100% editable so not only can you customize it with your students’ names and details specific to your classroom, you can now translate EVERYTHING into other languages too. This has long been a request from teachers of ELLs and immersion classrooms. Both versions are available in the Elementary Classroom Decor Collection.
In closing, we hope you found these pirate classroom theme ideas helpful! If you did, then you may also be interested in the free pirate planning organizer below as well as these classroom decorating posts:
- How to Decorate the Classroom of Your Dreams
- 60+ Themes for Classrooms at the Elementary Level
- Colorful Classroom Decor Ideas for Elementary Teachers