Tuesday, March 6, 2012

DIY of the Week: Articulation Battle Boats!

Ahoy Mateys!  It's a busy time of the year with evaluations and standardized testing but I have managed to squeeze out one new idea recently.  I have had TONS of requests from my students for me to "find" my Battleship game that had "magically" disappeared from the speech room after countless failed attempts to teach the kids how to do it correctly.  So, I pondered a way to bring it back for my higher students who make up the majority of my artic caseload.  The result is Articulation Battle Boats:


To Make this you will need:
The Battle Boats Documents:
Download the PDF files
File folders for each game
Glue/Rubber Cement
Access to Lamination (or an extra dose of creativity)
Overhead/Washable markers (work best) or Dry Erase Markers for each student OR Creativity with the "marker" page provided above

Glue the boards to the file folders and laminate.  I would advise laminating the boats as well.  I provide my students a tiny piece of tape to keep their boats from "floating away" on the bottom but you could use velcro, etc.

To play:
Rules are just like classic Battleship.  Each student places their "boats" on the bottom section, keeping it hidden from their opponent.  I like to provide them a file folder box to help keep the folder upright (pictured above).  Then the students take turns saying the 2 artic words which will provide the coordinates for their guess (i.e. "Raft Robin").  The other student then says hit or miss and the first student marks it on the top section using the dry erase or overhead marker or using the "markers" document provided above.  They then work to be the first to sink the opponent's boats.  We rarely finish a game during our sessions but the students have really enjoyed this addition to our room - not that it stops them from asking where the "real Battleship" has gone! :)

I will be working to add other sounds so please suggest which sounds you need below and I will fulfill those first!  Please feel free to comment, leave suggestions and questions, and share with friends!

17 comments:

  1. Love this idea. Makes me wish I had any articulation groups with 2 kids working on the same sound. I'll have to remember it for another year.

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    1. Definitely! I only have 1 artic "group" with kiddos who are working on the same sound. For my RtI kiddos, I see them individually so it looks like I'll be REALLY good at battle boats very soon!

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  2. This is a fantastic idea! I would love to see /k/, /g/, and "ch" battle boats!

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  3. Ditto on sh/ch/dg or maybe a template to add words we need:) so excited to try this I have a group that loves battleship

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    1. The word documents can be downloaded and altered to fit your needs :) I'll be working on some of the requests in the next week or so and will update as I have them completed... Thanks for following!

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  4. Adding a "Template" was the quickest thing to do but I will work on other sounds as I can and get them uploaded under the "By Request" section of the post above!

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  5. This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Glad you like it, it has been a huge hit here!

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  6. I have 2 students that are working on blends. I would LOVE a belnds battle boats!!! Thanks for posting this! I can't wait for April materials.

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    1. This may be a summer project for me... the end of our year here is fast approaching and I'm drowning in evals and paperwork. I'll get something for blends and other requests ASAP! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Battleship is always a popular game with my middle school boys. FYI if you need to save time, there is a battleship game at www.mes-english.com and you can quickly change the target words. I typically use names with the target sound in the vertical axis and verbs across the horizontal axis so a simple or complex sentence needs to be produced before the "salvo" is considered launched. Both "oceans" print on one 8.5 x 11 piece of paper and you can save the document and change as needed.

    As a SLPA looking for great materials, I am very glad to have stumbled on your site and will use the artic game with popsicle sticks for ESY this summer. Will keep checking in. :)

    Jennifer

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  8. I just found your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ideas! This is a GREAT one! I love it!

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  9. I was pretty excited when I thought of this as a project idea for my undergrad course... and so thankful you had made a prototype! My project partner and I are doing a pirate-themed project, so this part is arrrr-ticulation battleship! Thanks so much! And I'm excited to look at more on your blog!

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  10. I absolutely LOVE this idea! My middle schoolers, especially boys, love this game. Thanks!

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  11. All I can say is thank you! You are helping a SLP grad student get through clinic!! You're amazing! Thank you for sharing :)

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  12. great game! just played it with one of my kiddos and he loved it!! :)

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