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 General GameBattleship

SUBMITTED BY: Simon Kelly / Richard Benoit / James Lee / Nick Graham / Maggie Li / Roger Parker / Karmen Hvalec / Alexander Rignanese / Matthew Gilmore /Cheryl Schlitter




 DATE ADDED: Nov 15, 2011 UPDATED: Sep 11, 2015

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35-50 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: An exciting pair game where students try to hit their opponent's ships (or other specified target).



  • Battleship attachments:


Past Tense


Past Tense Angry Fishing


Comparative Superlative 



 Present Continuous

Does 1 / 2



 Time 1 / 2 


Relative Pronoun (Monster Fight) 


 Past Participle


Hospital(NH's Speak+ 2-3)



Relative Pronoun 



Auxiliary Verbs 
"Can you speak English?"

 Future Tense: 'Going to' Battleship

Review mix:
"Are/Can/Do you~?"



















  1. Each student recieves a worksheet with 2 grids. 1 grid is their board, and the other is their partner's board. On their grid, they draw their battleships using the grid squares. Traditional battleships include: 4 square ship (x1), 3 square submarine (x1), and 2 square cruiser ships (x2). Students may draw them horizontally or vertically, but not diagonal. Keep the board a secret!
  2. Next, students get into pairs. Janken to see who goes first.
  3. Each grid square has a corresponding letter and number (vertical and horizontal). Students then take turns calling out squares, such as A-2, B-3, D-4, etc. If their partner has a ship positioned on the square, they announce their ship is hit. If not, it is a miss. Students mark on their sheet (on the partner grid) what squares they've called out to strategize where their partner's ships may be.
  4. When all the squares of a ship are hit, the ship is sunk. After all of one's ships have been sunk, they lose and the game is over.



  • Battleship can be changed to suit many different grammar points. 



  • The hardest part is teaching them how to play. Once the students understand how to play the game, it's fun.
  • Teach the students to say, "You sank my Battleship!"


  • It's very important that the Japanese teacher has a FIRM grasp on how to play. The JTE almost always makes or breaks the game.

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