Revision chocolate bars

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

Author
Nicola Crowley

Preparation

  • Prepare questions for revision. Questions can be asked orally or written on the board. See example 1 below.
  • Draw a grid on the board. See example 2 below.
  • Draw another grid on a piece of paper to act as your answer key. Add four 'chocolate bars' horizontally or vertically. See example 3 below.
  • Optional reward: real chocolate bar(s) for the winning team.

Procedure

  • Put the students into teams of three or four. Either get each team to think of a name for their team or give them a name, e.g. Team A, Team B, etc.
  • Draw a chart with the team names on the board next to the grid.
  • Tell the students that you have hidden four 'chocolate bars' in the grid and they have to guess where they are. Tell them that the bars are of different sizes and they are hidden either horizontally or vertically.
  • 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 a grid reference, e.g. A1, B3, etc.
  • The teacher can reply by saying You've got a square! or Better luck next time!
  • Teams get a point for every square of chocolate they find, and the team with the most points at the end is the winner.
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Comments

Submitted by Derek Spafford on Mon, 05/12/2008 - 04:48

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Hi!

 

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

Submitted by amarpreet on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 07:41

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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.

Submitted by Fabiola Salinas on Thu, 07/24/2008 - 11:32

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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.

Submitted by white dragon on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 03:43

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Hi from Mexico .

I’m going to apply it immediately  thanks a lot.

Greetings from Mexico.

 

Submitted by Joanna RJ on Sat, 07/18/2015 - 18:43

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I find it's a very good idea, but my students get a little frustrated when they give the correct answer in a game and don't get rewarded for that (with a point for example). That's why I came up with two variants for this game. The first one is pretty much the same, except the revision questions are categorized by the difficulty level every time a team is up for answering a question, they can pick an easy one - which grants them one guess, a harder one for two guesses and so on, up to the most challenging questions that give them four guesses at the board. This way they can choose to play it safe but at the same time progress only slightly or to go all in and possibly get a lot of points. The second one I use is not as much for revision as it is for correction. I make a grid in Power Point or I make a list of sentences on the board (A1 - My brother is tallest than me, A2 - I have two hamsters, and so on). The chocolate bars hide under the squares with incorrect sentences, but to "hit" them, the students need to notice them AND correct them. This one works really well, especially if you pick more challenging sentences - the students are actually encouraged to participate and brainstorm the corrections.

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