Regularly practicing numbers and letters is very important in any language. Letters and numbers are everywhere, so students should be able to express them and understand them. Being able to spell words for students in French is also a great way to keep your classroom even more in the target language.
Making a board is super simple. I just turned my document in MS Word so that it was landscape instead of portrait. Then, I put in a table that was 21 boxes wide and 15 tall. Down the first column on the left side, I put in letters and then I put numbers across the top row. I also included the terms at the bottom for hit, miss and sunk.
Students each get two boards: one for putting their own boats in and the other to mark their guesses for their partner. I actually laminated a classroom set and put them in manila folders so that when you open the folder at a 90 degree angle, it looks kind of like a battleship board. By laminating them, students just use dry-erase markers to do their marking, then they can be reused over and over again.
The kids love this game! They especially love saying hit, miss and sunk in French while playing. It is nice because it can be conducted 100% in the target language.
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