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Talking battleships
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:05:16 am »
Works really well for  2nd and 3rd grade as they should already know these sentence structures and it's a good excuse for them to speak English with complete confidence (You should also encourage these students to answer in full sentences such as "No, I don't listen to 2PM, Yes, I do have a brother"). 1st graders in my school are still learning these sentence structures, so it's okay if they just say "Yes, I do" or even "Yes".

This is based on the talking battleship game from www.eatyourkimchi.com but I have modified quite a lot to suit my needs in  terms of explanation and the layout of the game.

I started by clicking on the link and playing the online version of battleship so the students could get a gist of what battleship is like (they've never heard of it beforehand, but picked it up quite easily), also explaining a few key points.

The rest of the ppt is pretty self-explanatory. Any questions please post them up :)
« Last Edit: September 07, 2010, 02:40:45 pm by andrewsvan88 »


  • GreenFloyd
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    • September 02, 2010, 06:56:23 pm
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2010, 03:11:14 pm »
This is fantastic! I like the layout of the board and the simplicity of using Xs and Os as opposed to red and blue markers like they do @ eatyourkimchi. The two-board setup, use of the website, and the PPT explanation is really great. Thank you so much for this.

Question: What is the difference between grades1/2 ppt and grade 3? Just the responses to the questions?

Also, do you teach any vocabulary or question structures for meaning or are you assuming most of the class already knows them? I love this game but I'm just hoping they actually comprehending the sentences they are speaking.

Going to run this next week! I'll let you know how it goes for me.


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2010, 12:01:37 pm »
Thanks for the compliments :)

Yeah, the only difference between grade 1/2 and grade 3 are the responses to the questions. I tried making the questions harder but when they became too long it ruined the layout of the game so I left it as it is.

My grade 1's recently learned how to respond to those type of questions with simple answers, but my co-teachers went through it again with them briefly. My grade 2 and 3's I assumed that they knew how to answer as they learned this during 1st grade.

With the enlarged worksheet on the board, I went through each question making sure they understood (for 1st grade) and had the co-teacher translate when needed. Just before they play you need to emphasise the fact that they must take turns and circle or cross the appropriate grid ('My grid' or 'Enemy grid'), as I found that they get a bit confused when doing this.

A solution I found was to fold the sheet in half so that on one side is the 'My ships' and on the other side is 'Enemy ships', and every turn they flip the sheets, problem solved :)

When they play, you need to constantly supervise the whole class along with the co-teacher (if possible) just to make sure they're on the right track. The students who finish first are usually the ones who didn't play the game properly.

Hope it goes well for your class :)

One more thing. You might wanna get the students to draw the legend for hits as X's and misses as O's on their gameboard as they got confused at times as to what symbol was what.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2010, 12:05:23 pm by andrewsvan88 »


  • dharmabrother
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    • September 06, 2010, 11:22:32 am
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 03:54:27 pm »
What a fantastic job you did on this plan!  Many of my co-teachers commented that this was my best class yet, so thank you so much!!


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 10:39:39 pm »
Very flexible game will be using it for sure on my low level school here in :P Mungeong
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  • Aadi
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    • September 10, 2010, 02:27:20 pm
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 12:09:17 pm »
I will definitely use this before the term's through.  You have reduced my lesson-planning stress and thereby improved my quality of life.


  • sophia
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 02:28:05 pm »
My low level grade 3's LOVED it.
Thanks so much!


  • gookie
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2010, 10:21:49 am »
the margins on the battleship's handout is awkward...is it supposed to be like that? the side got cut off a bit when i printed it out


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2010, 12:50:28 pm »
the margins on the battleship's handout is awkward...is it supposed to be like that? the side got cut off a bit when i printed it out

Yeah, I had a bit of trouble trying to get everything to fit in the half page, so only a bit of the margin should be cut out. You can go ahead and try to make the worksheet smaller, but I couldn't make the fonts any smaller as the students couldn't read it. Maybe your students have better vision than mine, so do try ^^ haha


  • Manyisa_1
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    • November 17, 2010, 01:34:55 pm
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2010, 04:27:05 pm »
Ah dude Jah light shine on you.Thanks for the ppt,it makes the explanation so much easier.Gonna rock this for sure in the weeks to come.Students aren't really that energetic lately so this will do lots to stimulate them again.


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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2013, 10:47:20 am »
This lesson was great. Explaining how to play the game at the start of the lesson is a little difficult, as students tend to lose attention, but the PPT helped a lot, also the website demonstrating the game at the start.

Once my coteacher and I made sure the class understood, the lesson ran itself, the majority of kids played without assistance. The only kids who didn't play were the ones who don't do anything in any class, so not much could be done there.

Some finished 10-15 minutes early, in which case I gave them crosswords and word searchs to complete, which they always love!

The students and coteachers were impressed with the presentation, one student even thought it was me that invented 'Battleships'. Others just thought about the atrocious film of the same name.


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2013, 07:35:06 pm »
Good to know that my resources are still being used even 3 years on :) I hope many of you guys are always in the constant pursuit of making new resources (or even making old ones better) and uploading them on this fantastic website, which has helped so many ESL teachers such as myself 3 years ago :P


  • Bester
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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2013, 01:11:35 pm »
Hey guys I have tweaked the game a little bit for the 3rd graders.

1.  Margin problem fixed. Now, each student gets a A4 page.
2.  Changed the Answer sentences. Talked to my CT and other ENTs and we thought it   would be better to teach the students  full sentences and then the ways in which you can give a shorter answer. Ex.:

Q: Do you have a boyfriend?
A: Yes I do have a boyfriend.

3. Changed some of the Kpop groups.
4. Added a sheet with example sentences and answers. This is useful if your CT wants to do some preparation work with the students

Hope it helps


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2016, 12:53:33 pm »
Thanks so much for this, can't wait to use it for my afterschool class next week!   8)


Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2018, 03:35:42 pm »
Looks great!  Thanks!


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Re: Talking battleships
« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2018, 12:53:46 pm »
thank you~~