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Friday, November 1, 2013

Class Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is a game used to review for a quiz or a test. All you need to play is a list of questions and the visual attached below.  I would project the visual right on the whiteboard and use a dry erase maker to put the X’s and O’s onto the board as students answer questions correctly.  If you have a Promethean Board you can use the tools from the Promethean board to copy the PowerPoint Tic Tac Toe Board and paste it right onto your Promethean Board.  Lock the Board in place and then find the attached X’s and O’s and copy and paste them onto your Promethean Board.  Do not lock the X’s and O’s and as you need to be able to move them around.  All files needed for this game are located at the end of this article.

Now you are ready to begin.


1.               The teacher will divide the class into two teams.  I prefer to have the students sitting in rows for this game.
2.               The teacher flips a coin to decide which team goes first.  The team that does not win the toss may select to be either X’s or O’s.
3.               The first questions will be given to the first student in the first row of the team winning the toss.  The student will be instructed to select a question to answer by asking for a particular spot on the board.  For example, the student will say upper right, upper middle, upper left, middle, right middle, left middle, lower right, lower middle, or lower left.  I usually put my questions on cards and lay out them out on a desk simulating a Tic Tac Toe board.  Then the student not only selects position but the question he/she will answer.  I never let the student look at the questions so if I do not have time to create cards, I can just use a list of questions. 
4.               If the question is answered correctly, the appropriate symbol is placed on the board.  If the question is answered incorrectly then the next person in line on the opposing team will have the option to answer the question.  If the question is missed again it will go back to the next player on original team to answer.  This process will continue until the question is answered correctly.  If three students on each team miss the question asked, I would make it a free question and it can be answered by the first hand I see.  If a team answers a free question, then that person will receive a tie breaker card which can be played when a CAT results in the Tic Tac Toe Game. (A cat means no one was able to get three in a row.)  A student holding a tie breaker card can turn a cat into a win for their team if their team has more X’s or O’s than the opponent.
5.               Questions are asked until one team has either gotten a Tic Tac Toe or the game has ended in a CAT.
6.               The game is scored by giving two points for getting three in a row and one point is given in addition for each X or O your team gets.  See sample below.  If no team has a tie breaker and a CAT results, the number of Xs and Os are counted and added to the team’s score.

Sample Game Scoring

X’s =     2 points for winning Game
              4 points for X’s
Total =  6 points 

O’s = 4 points for O’s

This helps keep the score closer and
Students more interested in playing.

6.  Now you are ready to go.  Have fun playing whole class Tic Tac Toe


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