Teaching Resource

Battleships Grid Template

PDF | 1 page|Grades: 5 - 6

A template to help consolidate students’ understanding of coordinates.

Put students in pairs and ask them to draw 4 battleships on their page. They can be horizontal or vertical and must be four coordinates long. Students then need to take it in turns choosing a coordinate to see if they have hit their partner’s battleship.

There is space to record their guesses to ensure they don’t double up.

  NSW Curriculum alignment

  Victorian Curriculum alignment

  Australian Curriculum alignment

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Kate Jackson

I found this template quite confusing as the numbers and letters are on the intersect rather than the box. My students were confused about which letter and number they were referring to. Perhaps having an option for having the letters and numbers centred in the columns and rows might be possible?

Kate Jackson · Dec 9th, 2017

Jill (Teach Starter)

Hi Kate, thank you for your suggestion. We have added a second alternative with the number in the centre of the box.

Jill (Teach Starter) · Jan 12th, 2018

Samantha Hutchinson

I find that having the letters along the y-axis reinforces the misconception that those are to be said first. Children are more inclined to say ‘K-6’ than ‘6-K’ for example.

Samantha Hutchinson · Mar 27th, 2017

Matt Toffolon

I heartily agree. We want to get them used to X then Y. Though this resource is easily changed to fix that point.

Matt Toffolon · Nov 28th, 2017

Jill (Teach Starter)

Hi Samantha and Matthew,

Thank you for your feedback.

I have updated the grid to reflect the number and letter changes. It is available to download again now.

Kind regards

Jill (Teach Starter) · Nov 28th, 2017

Nicholas Braybon

Hi Jill, I can view the updated document but it still only downloads the first one. Thanks

Nicholas Braybon · Oct 29th, 2020


This is my reward game for a child, a great help thanks.

kaza4 · Nov 5th, 2014

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