How Tic Tac Toe helps me teach sight words and more!

I’m always looking for ways to make learning as interesting and fun as possible. Although there are many games on the market that involve teaching language and/or reading skills, there is one tried and true game that continues to stand the test of time. It can also be easily adapted to the needs and skill level of your students.

What magical game am I speaking of ?! Why, Tic Tac Toe of course! Tic Tac Toe is easy for young children to learn. Just choose X or O and you have just stepped into infinite possibilities. Okay, maybe not infinite but there are a lot.

Tic Tac Toe 

Ways to use Tic Tac Toe:

  1. Practice sight words – fill in each square with sight words and student must read the word correctly in order to claim the spot.
  2. Practice grammar – fill in each square with a word that the student must use correctly in a sentence to claim the spot. You could use this to also practice sentence structure.
  3. Use as a word study activity – if you use word sorts you can easily insert pictures or consonant blends, short vowels or whatever your student is working on. If your student can correctly identify the word, they can claim the spot.

Here is the download link for my copy of a blank Tic Tac Toe board. It is basic, but if you use an online platform with a whiteboard, you can easily save this document as a pdf and use it in one of the ways that I have mentioned above. It is even a nice tool to use in your brick and mortar classroom. Add your words or pictures, print and laminate. You could also use the blank copy and slip it inside a sheet protector and use it any way that you like. Update: You can also download a free copy from my online store. Press the button to add to your cart!


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