WALK THE PLANK
Foreign language students will need to remember as many vocabulary words as possible to keep their ship afloat. Arrange the desks so that rows of four face the middle in a circular pattern, like the way a child draws the rays of sunshine. Group the students, each team of four is the crew of a pirate ship. Have them name their ships and tape the name on the front of the first desk. The teacher will call a ship's name and put a category in play. For example, the teacher might say, "Foods!" Each student on the ship must identify and pronounce a food in the foreign language. The last person in the row is the gunner, and if he or she is able to list one final word, the gunner can fire a cannonball at another ship. When that happens, the ship under attack must perform the routine continuing the same category. A ship's crew that falls short of the task is sunk, and the ships still sailing, one by one, must claim the drifting pirates.