Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a SUPER quick and easy game that we play often in my classroom. To practice ANY skill, we use tic-tac-toe, at least once a week in my classroom. Lately, we have been using it to master our first 30 sight words. To do this, I simply print out my sight words and attach magnets to the back of them. (However, you don’t even have to do this. In a crunch, I have simply written the words on index cards and put them up on the board using my magnets!)
Then, I draw a tic-tac-toe game board and place one word in each box.
I have my students sit on our carpet in two teams. We play boys vs. girls often. (My rule, which my students learn early on is, “we play games for fun and for practice.” They HAVE to say, “good game” at the end of every game regardless of if they win or lose.)
Then, I choose a team to come up to the game board first. The first player has to read any word that they like and if they read it correctly, they can draw their x or o in that square. (The nice thing about this game is most of the time there is at least one word on the game board that every student can read successfully. Therefore, they come up feeling confident. If they do not know a word, they can ask a friend from their team for help.)
Players come up and continue to read words and mark the squares.
At the end of the game, we congratulate the winners and our good attitudes and play again if time allows!
It’s really fun to see students strategize and practice more than one skill during each game!