Board games and the Periodic Table seem like unlikely partners in learning, but as writer and mom Karyn Tripp has shown, the two can have more in common than you might think. Tripp, the creator of homeschooling education site Teach Beside Me, paired Battleship with the table of chemical elements. Using the basic format of the classic game, she has turned it into a fun teaching tool that anyone can play.
Teach Beside Me features simple instructions for making your own Periodic Table Battleship. To start, print out four copies of the table, laminate them, and secure them to folders with jumbo-sized paper clips. Position two of the Periodic Tables standing upright and lay the others down, with each row labeled alphabetically. Grab some erasable markers and you're ready to play.
The game follows the basic rules of conventional Battleship. Establish your “battleships” by circling rows of two, three, four, or five elements on the lower table. Afterwards, begin calling out coordinates–mark any misses with an “X” and hits with a circle. To learn more about Tripp's game, check out the post on her website.