So if you know us at all, you know that we LOVE games. We try to incorporate them into every session because it keeps our students motivated and engaged through the things they generally hate more than anything (reading and spelling).
The wonderful thing about this very simple game is that you can use it in so many different ways depending on the skill you are trying to target. It's also truly NO PREP. If you don't have this grid it's so easy to just write out the tic-tac-toe lines on a whiteboard or piece of paper and students love this game.
We print off our game and stick it into a page protector for each of our students, the great thing about using a page protector is that is erases so easily!!! And it's cheaper and quicker than laminating.
So here are some ideas to get you started.
Beginner Level - Use this grid to practice letter formation, pick two letters that you are introducing for the week (or that just need extra practice) and use these letters instead of the tradition Xs and Os.
Intermediate Level - Use this grid to practice sight words. Use the sight words instead of traditional Xs and Os, you will notice how quickly the student is able to spell the word without referring to the example.
Advanced Level - Use the grid to practice higher level spelling. Dictate the words to your student and have them spell the words into each of the 9 boxes. Practice using the words in sentences or creating written sentences using the word you would like to mark with an X and O.
So there you have it, tons of ways to adapt this super fun game. The simplest things can make the biggest difference.
Grab this copy from our Free Resources section and incorporate some gamified learning into your intervention sessions. Let us know how you are adapting this game for your students!