Monday, December 26, 2016

Practice Structures: Tic Tac Toe

Tic Tac Toe is an easy way to have students work on building fluency and is more engaging than just completing a worksheet.  You could try this activity with either of two different approaches.

The first option is  to treat the game sort of like bingo.  Each player would have a board, questions are chosen one at a time.  Every student solves the problem and marks the solution on their game board if they have it.  Play would continue until one player gets 3 in a row.  I wrote about an activity like this here.  The activity was made to help students practice graphing linear inequalities.

The other option would be to play the game more like Hollywood Squares.  Students take turns choosing problems to solve.  If they correctly solve the problem, they win and color in the corresponding square until they get a certain number of squares in a row.  Here is an activity that I created with this format.  The activity was designed to have students practice finding the surface area and volume of spheres.

I'd love to hear more ideas on how to use tic tac toe in your classroom!

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