This Co-ordinates Battleship math game is a super fun way to revise geometry learning about co-ordinates.
Students play in pairs, and to play they plot their fleet of ships onto the printable grid and then use dice to determine the co-ordinates for their strikes against the enemy!
So it’s just like a standard game of Battleship, except you cannot simply guess the location of your enemy’s ships. Your guess is generated by the numbers you roll on two dice.
It can be fun, as well as a teensy bit frustrating when you are sure you know where their ship is hidden!
We have included two versions of this game within the printable – the first can be played with two regular 1-6 number dice, the second with two ten sided 1-10 dice (download instructions can be found below).
Instructions for How to Play Co-ordinates Battleship
Each pair of students will need two dice to play – either regular, six sided dice or ten sided 1-1- dice. They will also each need a copy of the free printable game sheet (download instructions can be found below).
It is also helpful if students use two different coloured pens/pencils to play. One pen to mark their ships, and the other to mark the plot points played once the game begins.
Students should sit opposite their opponent with a barrier placed between them.
Before commencing play each student marks their ships on the ‘My Ships’ grid included on the printed game sheet using a series of dots (2, 3, 4 or 5, depending upon the size of the ship), being sure to place the dots at the intersection of two lines, not in the middle of the squares. Ships can be placed horizontally or vertically but they may not overlap. Ships should not be placed on either O axis.
Students take turns firing at their enemy’s ships by rolling the two dice and using the two numbers rolled to make a plot point. For example, rolling a 6 and a 4 could result in plot points 6,4 or 4,6.
They then mark their shots on the enemy grid according to their enemy’s reply – using a X to mark a hit and a • to mark a miss.
When their enemy fires, students should reply ‘hit’ if the plot point includes a dot marking one of their ships, and ‘miss’ if it does not.
Students should mark their enemy’s shots against their fleet on the ‘My Ships’ grid. When the enemy has hit all of the dots of a single ship that ship is sunk and the player must say, “You have sunk my ship.”
The first person to sink all of their enemy’s ships is the winner.
How to Download & Print Your Co-Ordinates Battleship Math Game
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