Karyn Tripp of the homeschooling education site Teach Beside Me decided to repurpose the classic Battleship game to teach the kids the elements.
The new version was created using four copies of the Periodic Table which were labeled alphabetically by row and inserted into two file folders with jumbo paper clips. Game play is as follows:
The kids can then mark where they want to place their ships by circling rows of 2, 3, 4, and 5 elements on the lower table. They play by calling out coordinates. If they miss, they put an X on the spot they chose on the upper table. If they get a hit, they circle it. They can continue playing until one person sinks all of another person’s ships.
The game has received an enthusiastic response, although it has been suggested that the rows be labeled with each row’s corresponding number rather than letters, and that players eliminate groups rather than sink ships floating on the science sea.