Student engagement is so important, and I can think of no better way to engage them than through playing games. This Tic Tac Toe resource is one way to incorporate a game in your classroom by engaging each and every student at all moments.
How to Use Tic Tac Toe to engage your students in the classroom:
First, you must set up students in pairs (if you have an odd number you may make a group of 3 and have one student be the moderator who checks the answers, this will allow them to participate and review as well).
Next, give each student a quick response board with a dry erase marker (they usually love the novelty of it), or you can just use paper and pencil. Also, give them a laminated Tic Tac Toe board.
Then, give the students the resource they will be working with. It could be task cards, a worksheet, a textbook, etc.
Students will need the answer to each of the questions you will be providing them with. A great idea would be to have the questions typed out and glued to index cards with the answer in the back, or make a flip book with each individual answer. Depending on your resource, you may not want to provide an answer ‘sheet’ as the students may see the answers to the next question (For example, if they are referring to the answer to number 1 on the sheet, they may see the answer for number 2 and will write it down.)
Have students read the first problem, or card and answer the question on their quick response board. Player 1 turns the card over and checks the answer to see if they got the answer correct. If it is correct, player 1 takes their turn on the board by placing an X or O in the spot they choose. If they get the answer wrong, they lose their turn to mark the board. If their opponent, player 2, got the answer right to that same question, they steal their turn and place their X or O on the board. It is now player 2’s turn to go first on the next question. The game continues until one of the players gets three in a row. They then tally their win on the score board.
Suggestions for using Tic Tac Toe to engage your students in the classroom:
~Review math concepts (ex. order of operations) by presenting the
problem on the front and the answer in the back
~Review content vocabulary by providing the definition in the
front and the term in the back
~Review reading concepts (ex. text structure, character traits,
etc.) by providing a mentor text paragraph in the front and the
answer on the back
~Review content area facts by providing a multiple choice
question in the front and the answer on the back
These are just a few suggestions, but as you can see, the options are endless. With this resource there is one guarantee, YOU will always be a WINNER in your students’ eyes. Have fun!
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