Multiplication Tic Tac Toe in 3 Acts

Multiplication Tic Tac Toe is a great game because it:

  1. is easy to learn
  2. requires minimal equipment
  3. provides lots of practice of multiplication facts
  4. 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.

tic tac toe coloured

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?

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About webmaths

I have been teaching Mathematics in Victorian secondary schools for 30 years. I use the www to make my maths lessons better. I hope this blog will give other teachers some ideas to try in their own classes.
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