How to Construct Bible Battleship Board
1. Get one file folder and paste two Bible Battleship game boards facing the same direction.
2. Laminate the board so that students can use dry erase markers.
Note: Both lamination machines and store bought lamination packets have worked in my classroom.
Bible Battleship Rules
1. Set up the boards like battleship so that you can see two battlefields and your opponent cannot see yours.
2. The box that says priest, prophetess, etc. indicates how many boxes to mark off for each ship. (The ship’s name is Priest, or Judge, the boxes are the books). On your own board, the one that is laying flat, draw a line or x’s through the boxes you want to mark as your ships. They may go horizontal or vertical, and they do not have to be the same color. They MAY NOT overlap. DO NOT draw a line through any of the boxes on the far right column.
3. The far right column is the key for the color code system for the books. Red=books in the Torah, Orange=books in the Historical books, etc. Try to notice this color coded system as it will help you learn the types of books. You can also use the color code for your clues mentioned in the next step.
4. The spies at the bottom of your boards are your three chances to ask your opponent for a clue. Clues may sound like: “I have a ship in the Torah” or “I don’t have any ships in Paul’s letters. Once you use a clue mark off your spy on your board that lays flat so you know you have used one clue. When your opponent uses a clue mark off a spy on the board that stands up.
5. To play begin guessing one at a time, taking turns, books of the bible where you think their ships may be located. If you guess a book where a ship is located your opponent will say HIT! You will mark your hit on your board that stands upright with an X. If you miss your opponent will say MISS! You will mark your bard that stands upright with an O.
6. When your opponent is guessing you will let them know if they hit your ship or missed it using the same words HIT and MISS. You will mark on your board that is laying down if they hit any of your ships. You do not need to mark their misses. When they hit all the books in your ship you will tell them that they sunk your entire ship by saying “You sunk my ___________ ship!”
7. The player that sinks all of their opponent’s ships first wins!
• Do NOT draw anything extra on your board.
• Do NOT draw outside of the lamination.
• Do NOT fold, rip, or tear the board.
• CLEAN up your board completely after each game.
• Do NOT use more than one Kleenex to clean your boards.
• Remember, you can learn a lot just from playing this game so pay attention to the order of the books and their colors.