Multiplication Tic Tac Toe is a great game because it:
- is easy to learn
- requires minimal equipment
- provides lots of practice of multiplication facts
- requires logical thinking
ACT ONE – Constructing the Game
Provide a pair of students with a multiplication-tic-tac-toe-blank. Get them to write in the first 9 multiples in each part of the board.
The obvious advantage to doing this is the practice at writing multiples and developing an understanding of the game board.
ACT TWO – Playing the Game
This is the main event! Lots of games needed to improve multiplication facts and developing game strategy.
For game rules see artofmathstudio.
ACT THREE – Analysing the Game
Get students to colour in the board as follows: blue represents “quadruple plays”, yellow’s represent “triple plays”, oranges represent “double plays”, and white represents “single plays.
Get students to explain their strategies for winning the game (written or verbal).
Do you think that the “3 Act” structure lends itself to all games or only to this particular game?