Maths Battleship – Location and Coordinates Fun!!

The best way to teach coordinates…BATTLESHIP!

My kids are absolutely obsessed with this game now and are freely using coordinates in their free-time! It was easy to teach and required the kids to constantly use the language of coordinates to play.

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Setting up the board was easy and can be made with everyday materials in the classrooms. I used about 20 long pieces of string and pieces of coloured paper for the coordinates and hit/miss cards.
IMG_2669It was interesting to watch students using logic about where the boats could be, and revealed the students that don’t have effective critical thinking skills. Watching them play showed a lot about what they are capable of when problem solving.

By the end of the lesson, the students were playing independently and the only instruction that was needed to support the students was to remind them to say the letter name first, when using coordinates. Suits grades 1 to 6!

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Editing Practice – corrects and improvements – explicit skills

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 3.14.34 pm This was the very first proper thing I created myself. I had trouble finding anything similar, where students could practise their editing skills. We teach writing by text type at my school and I often find we don’t plan to teach specific writing skills. It can be easy to gloss over core writing skills when you’re focusing on text type or through a whole language approach. I have used these sheets in a variety of different ways. The most effective way was giving students 2 or 3 lines (of sentences with mistakes) as a quick tune into a writing lesson. They only take 5 to 10 minutes for students to complete, and then the discussion afterwards is INVALUABLE! For example… Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 3.22.51 pm Students love completing the strips, especially as a quick tune in activity, as they almost always find success and develop confidence spotting these errors – without taking it personally!

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