This Battleship game is designed to help students practice conjugating -IR verbs including abolir, finir, choisir, grandir, grossir, maigrir, etablir, and reussir in the present tense - although you could easily use it for other tenses as well. Instructions are included on the handout for easy student reference.
- Divide students into pairs and distribute pages 1 and 2 to each student. I recommend telling students to put up a divider between them (a folder, textbook, etc.) to minimize peeking.
- Each student secretly places his or her "boats" on page 2 (labeled "moi") by shading in the appropriate number of boxes (i.e. a patrol boat [patrouilleur] takes up 2 boxes, each submarine [sous-marin] takes up 4 boxes, and so on).
- Then the students take turns guessing the location of their partners' boats by combining the subject from the left and the correct conjugation of the verb from the top. They record their guesses on page 1 (labeled "mon adversaire").
- The first player to sink all five of his or her partner's battleships wins the game.
The handout provides vocabulary for "hit," "miss," and "sunk" to keep students in the target language as much as possible.
I've found that many of my students remember playing the original Battleship game and can easily adapt to the French version. During the game, I circulate the room to help struggling students, settle disputes, and keep students in the target language.
Feel free to modify this resource to meet the needs of your curriculum.
Merci en avance!