Learning Trash Is Treasure

R’s Story

Pirates aren’t all bad. Mostly bad, I think, but for our purposes we’ll focus on the good part- talking Pirate. It can be pretty fun and very forgiving. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a nice way to tap into everybody’s adventurous spirit and use it for a good cause.


Reduce, reuse, recycle, pirate, lingo, pitch in, help out

Lesson Ideas

Talking Pirate is a great opportunity for students to speak up in whatever way they can. Mistakes are the heart of Pirate lingo and pronunciation. The more the merrier.

Look for buried treasure in your students’ first language: cognates and loan words. What words in your students’ language are similar to the English word? For example ‘tea’.

What English words have become part of your students’ language?
For example ‘online’.

How does English reuse words when they take on different parts of speech? For example: hope, hopeful, hopefully.

Activity Sheet

Vocabulary building.

The letters in words can be recycled. This is a fun game many people know already, and one that everybody catches on to pretty quickly. Try to find words inside words. Reuse the letters of on word to make new words.
Reuse: use, us, sure, ruse, sue

I set a goal of 7 words, but my students usually go way beyond that.