Schedule Tic-Tac-Toe

Using the classic game, kids practice school subjects, days of the week, and using both in the context of a sentence.

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Originally submitted by Rachel Rasfeld / Tim Favro on Feb 19, 2013.


  • Review necessary vocabulary.
  • Draw a large tic-tac-toe grid on the board.
  • Introduce the concept of tic-tac-toe to the kids. It's very intuitive and if you do a quick demonstration with your HRT the kids will understand right away. Believe it or not, tic-tac-toe seems relatively unknown in Japan (or at least, it's unknown to all my students and teachers!)
  • Assign a day of the week flashcard to each horizontal row (total of three), and one school subject flashcard to each vertical column. In order to place a mark, a student must say "On ~day, I study ~~." The day determines which row the mark goes in, and the subject which column (think Battleship!)
  • Once they get the concept of the game, you can split them into teams or pairs to play.
  • If you're playing together on the board, switch the subjects and days out a bit to have them practice all the target words.


  • For larger classes, or if you prefer, you can make this a pair activity by preparing a couple on a worksheet in advance and letting the kids play in pencil (just erase and play again!)


  • If you want to make the kids comfortable with playing the game first, do a round of teachers vs. students, except the teachers say "On ~day, I teach ~~" instead of "I study ~~."


  • This activity should be used only after the kids have learned the days and subjects reasonably well and are ready to make simple sentences.



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Estimated time: 15-30 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

November 26, 2019


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