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Revision chocolate bars

This is a version of the popular game Battleships. In this version, instead of blowing up battleships, teams have to find hidden 'chocolate bars'. I usually do this on the whiteboard.

Preparation

  • Prepare questions for revision. Questions can be asked orally or written on the board as you ask or, if possible, prepare on an OHP or Interactive White Board (see example 1).
    Download Example 1 18k pdf
  • Draw a grid on the board (see example 2).
    Download Example 2 21k pdf
  • Draw another grid on a separate page and add 4 "chocolate bars" horizontally or vertically (see example 3). Download Example 3 17k pdf
  • Optional reward: real chocolate bar/s for the winning team.

 

Procedure

  • Put the students into teams of 3 or 4.
  • Either get each team to think of a name for their team (They love this!) or give them a name e.g. Team A, B etc.
  • Draw a chart with the team names on the board next to the grid.
  • Tell the students that you have hidden 4 "chocolate bars" in the grid and they have to guess where they are.
  • Tell the students that there are 4 bars of chocolate of different sizes hidden horizontally and vertically in the grid.
  • Explain that each team will get a turn to answer a question and if they get it correct they will have a turn at guessing where the chocolate bars are. Students guess by calling out "A1" or "B3" for example.
  • The teacher can reply by saying "You've got a square!" or "Better luck next time!"
  • The team will get a point for every square of chocolate they find.
  • The team with the most points at the end is the winner.


Written by Nicola Crowley, EFL teacher, Israel

Average: 3.7 (63 votes)

Comments

Derek Spafford's picture
Derek Spafford
TE Team

Hi!

 

 I really like your idea. The motivation of my teen classes should increase tenfold with the inclusion of chocolate.  :)

Herbert's picture
Herbert

Very good idea! I am sure they will start to pay attention and maybe learn something on the way. Thanks for the input!

 

Herbert

amarpreet's picture
amarpreet

hi,

i think ideas like these are great to motivate the students to perform to their level beat. Great for teachers who just don't want to be monotonous in the teaching.

Fabiola Salinas's picture
Fabiola Salinas

I liked the activity very much. A suggestion... why not writing words as chocolate bars instead of crosses. Once a "square" is found, the letter of the word is mentioned. I believe it can be an appealing way of reviewing the vocabulary you want.

Congrats on your idea! F.S.

white dragon's picture
white dragon

Hi from Mexico . I’m going to apply it immediately  thanks a lot. Greetings from Mexico.