Annotations Tic-Tac-Toe

Empower and foster student engagement in providing peer feedback. A sense of control, purpose and confidence can positively influence student motivation and achievement - choice is a key element. The annotations TIC-TAC-TOE template provides student choice as well as scaffolds.



Once familiar with the template, have students use the TIC-TAC-TOE guide as they view a thinklet or several thinklets. Pair up students and have them play TIC-TAC-TOE on the grid as they write annotations.


"Taking the math out" first is helpful. Use your classroom surroundings, a funny image, we've used a strangely assembled peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a worked out math task and have students fill "three" annotations horizontally, diagonally or vertically. This can be done solo or in pairs.


The graphic organizer can also be used as a random starter generator or in a BINGO-like activity.







Full page included with this episode.


Other Ideas

  1. Have students create a personal boards with their favorite sentence starters.
  2. Mix up the prompts and create additional boards to play BINGO-style.
  3. Challenge students to design their own annotation game boards.