Ultimate Tic Tac Toe – Day 3

Games are a great way to try different strategies and to practice skills. With most games, a variety of ages are able to play them. Today’s game goes back to an old favorite – tic tac toe and provides a twist that will engage kids, and adults. I have heard that it can be quite addicting too.

For Ultimate Tic Tac Toe, there is another another layer of strategy added. Nine tic tac toe boards make up the larger tic tac toe board that you are trying to win.

Here are the basic rules for Ultimate Tic Tac Toe:

  1. On your turn, you mark a small square with your symbol (x or o).
  2. When you get three in a row in a small tic tac toe board, you win that square.
  3. To win the game, you need to win three small tic tac toe boards in a row.

Here’s the twist – on your turn, you have to mark in the small tic tac board where your partner marked.

  • Player 1 goes in the bottom left small tic tac toe board (blue square) and places their marker in the upper left corner.
  • Player 2 now has to play in the small tic tac toe board that matches where player 1 played – the upper left corner.

  • Player 2 (red square) places their marker in the bottom right corner in the small tic tac toe board.
  • Player 1 now has to play in the bottom right small tic tac toe board.

If you want more detailed directions, you can find a video here of them or a written description here.

There are a couple of options to play the game – online and paper. You really don’t need a printout of the game board but I am including one just in case.

Where’s the math? This game focuses on strategies, where players have to do a lot of thinking to be able to win the game. Players have to persevere in finding ways to win, looking for options. This game relates to the Standards of Mathematical Practices where students persevere to solve problems and look for and make use of structure.

What did you think about Ultimate Tic Tac Toe? Leave me a note and let me know how it went.

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