Note: I think GenZ Read Together is out of business!
My son and I started reading very short non-fiction stories from GenZ Read Together, a website that makes reading together an entertaining educational experience. We get a wide assortment of non-fiction stories which include:
- vocabulary building exercises
- a hangman reveal-the-hidden-picture puzzle
- an educational video
As part of their Summer Reading program, some of my favorite educational, arts, and children’s book bloggers are hosting a Blog Tour where we come up with activities you can do at home with your kids for one of GenZ’s non-fiction stories.
We are also each hosting a giveaway so YOU can win 20 stories from GenZ Read Together. Finally, if you don’t win but want to try it out, GenZ is offering a special discount to my readers:
20 stories for $3.99!! Use promo code: SUM20
Today, my son and I read about the largest pirate treasure ever discovered, The Atocha! After 16 years searching with his family, Mel Fisher finally located $400 million dollars of gold, silver and emeralds — lost treasure from the Spanish Galleon, The Atocha, near Key West, Florida.
Pirates and Spanish Treasure Activities for Kids
Pirate treasure and The Atocha story sparked my son’s imagination! The clue that let Mel to the treasure came from someone in Seville. He immediately wanted to know where Seville, Spain was located. We had traveled to Barcelona two years ago, so I found a map to show him it was in Spain and south of Barcelona.
We also learned from the story that Spanish galleons followed a specific path as it picked up treasure and returned to Spain. The Spanish treasure ship route looked like this:
image from Arauco: A Novel
To extend The Atocha story at home, I found a pirate ship craft and two books (a picture book and a chapter book) for kids who like pirates and treasure hunting.
Pirate Ship Craft
2 Exceptional Children’s Books on Pirate Treasure
Pirates, at least in picture book How I Became a Pirate, like to be tucked in and read to. I’ve included a picture book and a chapter book perfect for pirates or treasure hunters.
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long and illustrated by David Shannon
Young Jeremy Jacob demonstrates how easy it is to be a successful pirate in this fun and funny picture book. He joins the pirate ship of Captain Braid Beard and his crew but finds that pirate life, while fun, lacks the charms of home. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles by E. S. Farber, illustrated by Jason Beene
Fish and his two buddies must find Captain Kidd’s treasure assuming they can locate the treasure map first in order to show up Whooping Hollow’s town bully, Bryce Billings. This easy chapter book has a larger font with text broken up with plenty of full page illustrations and informative sidebars. This book would appeal to boys who like facts mixed with a not-to0-scary mystery adventure. [easy chapter book, ages 7 and up]
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
11-year-old Turtle has to move to her mama’s hometown in Key West, Florida to live with relatives she’s never met after her single mom gets a job as a housekeeper at a child-unfriendly home. It’s the Great Depression — 1935 to be exact — and Turtle unearths all kinds of family secret and scams including rumors of lost pirate treasure. This historical fiction chapter book rings true because it’s based on Jennifer L. Holm’s actual family history! It’s also a Newbery Honor book! [chapter book, ages 9 and up]
GenZ Read Together Giveaway
I will be giving away 3 Summer Reading Packages of 20 stories worth $4.99 to 3 lucky winners!
This is a Blog Tour!
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