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.

Nicola Crowley


  • 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).
  • Draw another grid on a separate page and add 4 "chocolate bars" horizontally or vertically (see example 3).
  • Optional reward: real chocolate bar/s for the winning team.


  • 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.




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

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




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.

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.

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


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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