1) three categories of nine questions each (for example, 9 questions about each person of the Trinity).
2) large whiteboard or chalkboard
Number of Teams: 2 or divide them by rows
- Draw three tic-tac-toe grids on the board and label them according to your three categories. Number each box 1 to 9.
- Each team will be given a letter (X, O, or A, B, C, etc.) to designate the squares that they can claim for answering correctly.
- One member of each team will choose a category and a number/box. The teacher will read the question and the student will have 10 seconds to answer.
- If the student answers correctly, the square will be rewarded to that team with the designated letter.
- If the student answers incorrectly, the question stays for that square.
- Teams score points by earning three squares in a row (and/or by the most squares in a category)**I also used the squares as motivation for teams to follow the rules (no talking, or insulting other teams, or your own team members). If a team showed poor sportsmanship, I would take away a square and replace it with a new question and number.
This is personally one of my favorite review games. It adds strategy to straight question and answer games. Teams may use their tic-tac-toe skills to discuss what square to choose. It also give you the chance to see how well some of your test questions will be answered.
Since only one team member can answer at a time, other students can easily lose interest. You may have to keep their attention by showing some energy when you are reading the questions. You may also consider having them write down questions and answers on notebook paper as you progress through the game. Make sure you have a period at the end of the game to review difficult questions.
Inspired by Linda Tilton’s The Teacher’s Toolbox for Differentiating Instruction.