A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about using a ** tic tac toe strategy** for listing multiples of a number. The idea was that kiddos unsure of their basic facts would use the strategy when performing multi-digit computation as a way of attending to precision (rather than guessing).

I was driving to school not long after the blog post and it dawned on me that the same concept would make a great little game! The kiddos already know how to play tic tac toe, so it’s an easy little workstation that they won’t get tired of playing. And Multiples Tic Tac Toe was born! Either laminate the board or place it in a plastic sleeve. Players will need wipe-off markers in two colors (see example below). You can either have students use a number cube to randomly generate the factor being used, or you can have students practice a table they are currently learning.

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Kim says

Thanks, Donna, I am excited to use this when we go back in January. My students always confuse factors and multiples. I am hoping that this will be a fun way to practice… and that it will help them keep the idea of multiples in their heads. Thanks for sharing!

Kim

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Donna Boucher says

ALL students confuse factors and multiples, Kim! Fun practice is always good. 🙂

Lisa Lewis says

I love this idea! Thank you for sharing=)

~lisa

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Donna Boucher says

My pleasure, Lisa! I hope your kiddos enjoy it. 🙂

Tchur8 says

This will be perfect for math enrichment in January! Thank you!

Donna Boucher says

You’re very welcome!

Shannon says

This is great! I’m trying to get small group math going with my 6th graders so this will be perfect. And of course, there are many that aren’t fluent with their math facts much less remember the difference between factors and multiples. 🙂

Shannon

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Donna Boucher says

Glad it will be helpful to you and your kiddos, Shannon!

Lori @ Life in Room 24 says

Donna,

You’ve become my ‘go-to’ resource whenever I need extra support for my struggling students. Thanks for all that you do!

Lori

Donna Boucher says

It’s my pleasure, Lori, and I’m so happy to hear that you find my resources useful! 🙂

Kristin says

I teach first grade. This would be great for addition and subtraction practice. Is there any chance you could change the multiplication word? Thanks

Donna Boucher says

Hmmmm, seems easy enough, Kristin. Thanks for the suggestion! Stay tuned… 🙂

Karen Pasiuk says

Hi Donna,

Hope you are well and survived the holidays. The teachers here in Old Lyme are using lots of your suggestions and activities. So glad you were able to visit. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to share it with the 3rd grade teachers today.

Karen

Donna Boucher says

Hi, Karen!! Good to hear from you! I’m so glad your teachers found my visit useful. They were such an enthusiastic group!

stephf54 says

This will be great for my highly able kids who are begging for a challenge since our new curriculum has not offered much for them yet. Even though 2nd grade isnt doing multiplication yet they can easily use it to practice skip counting and eventually relate it to multiplication. The addition version will offer enoughnof a challenge for on level kids too!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Turning-Frowns-Into-Smiles-Style-Teaching says

Oh this is soooooo cool. I’m going to use this concept with multiplying fractions!!! Sooo Cool, thank you so very much!!!!