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  • K-12

Brief Description

Students win Xs and Os as they review knowledge and reinforce skills.


Students will


  • practice a variety of skills.
  • follow the rules of the game.
  • play with courtesy and fairness.


game, review, tic-tac-toe, reinforcement, skill

Materials Needed

  • teacher-prepared game board/sheet

Lesson Plan

Draw a tic-tac-toe grid on a board or chart paper. Choose a topic/subject for the game (for example, solving money math problems, find the grammar error, or identify the country capital).

Arrange the class into two teams; Xs and Os. Flip a coin to see which team will go first. For example, it the X team wins the toss, pose a question to a student on that team. If the student on the X team answers correctly, he or she places an X on the grid. If the student answers incorrectly, the O team does not automatically get to put an O in that square. To earn an O, a member of the O team must correctly answer the question. If the O player answers correctly, his or her team puts an O in the square and earns the first chance to respond to the next question. If the O team answers the next question correctly, they get to place another O; if the answer is incorrect, the question is posed to the X team.

Keep track of how many games each team wins.

Tic-tac-toe can be adapted for reinforcing and reviewing a wide variety of skills.

Alternative Idea
Write a different topic in each square on the tic-tac-toe game board, so students can choose squares on the topics that most interest them most.


End the activity with a quiz that includes ten of the questions posed in the game. Each student should correctly answer at least 8 of the 10 questions.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Gary Hopkins

National Standards

The game can be adapted to support a wide variety of national standards.

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