Battleships with twists

Everyone know’s the games battleships. We can play the same, however make it a little more exciting.

Simple Rules:

  • Explain the game first, they can guess a square to fire in, and if they get hit their ship is injured. The ship sinks if it is hit on all of it’s squares.
  • Student’s will get some time to choose the position of their ships at the start, about 2 minutes. If you set a timer everyone understands better.
  • Before they can take their turn to fire, they must answer a question. Here you can test any review topic you wish. From vocab usage, spelling, phonics, or grammar. After they can complete the question, they can fire.
  • The game is long, so you can ask lots of questions and review many topics.

Here are the twists: (Of course, you don’t have to do these and are not limited to)

  1. Add teacher’s pet kraken or sea monster. Once every team has had a turn each, the kraken will swim around and attack one square. if it hits one square of a students ship, the whole ship is destroyed.
    Advice: Create a bit of suspense, make it fun! You can probably walk around and see where everyone’s ships are so make it close.
  2. Add power ups. For example, if they shoot and hit a square with a power up on it, they can extend their ship, do to shots in one turn, add a new ship, scan using a radar, anything to give them a slight advantage.
  3. If you have time, in the activity before you can award pieces of a treasure map, which shows the location of powerups on the grid. If you don’t tell them what it’s for, they can usually figure it out and get excited about piecing together a treasure map.
  4. The above are just some basics to get you thinking, enjoy!


General Advice

  • Print out all material beforehand. Including any maps and grids for the students.
  • If you print out an extra grid to put on the board, and draw where people fire, students can all see and remember easier.
  • If you do the kraken, spend 5 or 6 seconds drawing it’s swimming path on the board’s grid. Let all the students see it swim close to their ship. Kid’s can get really into it, and they don’t realise you looked at their ships locations.


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