Tackling Tic-Tac-Toe

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in comprehension | 4 comments

Games lubricate the body and the mind.

– Benjamin Franklin

At the beginning of the month I posted my Reverse Bingo idea for making bingo  more educationally involved game. Yesterday when I made a table to insert into a powerpoint, it reminded me of a tic-tac-toe board. I instantly had an idea for making this game have an educational aspect. My new game is initially an independent practice page.

Solve the problems, Find the Tic Tac Toe


On this paper all of the differences are 8 or 9. Once they are solved there will be a row of the same difference as the winner. Do I think some children might be able to figure out which ones are smaller? I would be thrilled if students were able to make generalizations and comparisons based on the similarities of the problems! That is higher order thinking in action!


Solve the problems, find the winner!


Here is a trickier example! Which is the winner 64 or 48?


I am thinking I could extend this by giving 2 students a list of problem choices to choose from, for example:

2 Player


Finally, it would be fun to assign a number for x and a number for o and let the partners brainstorm their own problems for each box. I would provide some incentive or rule to make more challenging problems the better selection. Anyone can multiply by 1 or add 1! Real thinking should be encouraged and rewarded.


Now my goal is to find some way to use this idea for language arts! Any ideas?



  1. Love your new penguin theme! Wow, it has lots of stuff with it! Great giveaway!

    • I’m glad you like it! Thanks for participating.

  2. What great penguin products! The rugs are so cute too!

    • Thanks for joining in the fun!

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