Tic Tac Toe

Teaching Strategy Resource

What is Tic Tac Toe?

This is one of many resources aimed at differentiating your lessons. Using this resource directs students down a learning path where they are able to use the content in a variety of ways, instead of the traditional style of simply repeating information back.


Tic Tac Toe presents different questions for a particular unit in a similar fashion to a game most students are familiar with. Students are given the opportunity to select either an entire row, or one question from each row, as long as the student picks three different questions. This allows the student multiple ways to express the content that is best for them.

"Everyone has areas of strengths and weaknesses. Students perform best when they use their strongest intelligences" (Chapman and King, 2012, p. 42)

What are Some Benefits??

  1. Allows for individual choices and interests
  2. Engages student's unique strengths and talents
  3. Demonstrates multiple avenues to present information and promote creativity (Ex: Draw, Write, Present, Create)
  4. Can incorporate Bloom's Taxonomy
  5. Provides challenges for students who may have mastered the information
  6. Enables students to connect with real world situations
  7. Can be used either as a formative or summative assessment
  8. Relieves anxiety
  9. Fun!

Examples of Tic Tac Toe

How to Use Tic Tac Toe

  • Create a 3 x 3 grid, similar to that of a Tic Tac Toe
  • Using UbD, think what do you want your students to know, or be assessed on


Once you know this, now try to create engaging activities for students:


  • Develop 9 different activities for students to present that information
  • Develop 3 main activities, and provide two additional tiered activities for each row
  • Create 9 questions, break the class up into two groups, and have one team the X's and the other team the O's