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Human Tic-Tac-Toe




  • Arts & Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Kids become real X's and O's in this simple review game.



  • answer review questions.
  • use strategy and thinking skills.
  • show good sportsmanship.


game, tic-tac-toe, strategy, review

Materials Needed

  • review questions with answers
  • plain paper
  • pencils
  • masking tape

Lesson Plan

In this human tic-tac-toe game, students are separated into two teams, X's and O's. The teacher creates a tic-tac-toe board on the floor with masking tape. (The game can also be played outside on blacktop, with a chalk-line "board.") Each student receives one piece of paper on which he writes the letter that represents his team. The teams form single lines.

  • The teacher asks a question of one team or reads a spelling word. (Those are just two suggestions; use your imagination to adapt this game to any subject.) If the student responds correctly, she takes a place on the tic-tac-toe board and holds her letter so that all players can see it. (Students cannot advise their teammates or competitors about where they should stand on the board.)
  • The teacher then poses a question to the first child in the other line. If the answer is correct, that child takes a position on the board and holds his X or O. If it is not correct, the question goes to the first child in the other line.
  • Play continues until one team achieves three in a row.

    The human tic-tac-toe game can be applied to any subject matter, making it a fun way for any class to review before a quiz or test.


    The team that wins the most rounds of tic-tac-toe may receive a special privilege, a bonus point, or small incentive.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Cara Bafile

    National Standards

    LANGUAGE ARTS: English
    GRADES K - 12
    NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
    NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
    NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
    NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
    NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
    NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
    NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

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