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Past Tense Tic-Tac-Toe


SUBMITTED BY: Niki St. Clair


GRAMMAR: Past Tense Verb

EXAMPLE: Obama talked to Hello Kitty.

DATE ADDED: Mar 08, 2011




10-15 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This is a quick simple activity in which 1st grade students can use Tic-Tac-Toe to practice the past tense of regular verbs.



  • PastTenseTicTacToe attachments: You might blow up one of the game boards to use as a demonstration. Also, Saru Bobo (Board 2 second square down in the left hand column) is from Gifu prefecture and well known. If she is not so well known in your area of Japan, you can replace her with another character or person of your choice.



  1. After passing out one of the Tic-Tac-Toe boards to each pair of students, demonstrate with the JTE a simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe on the chalkboard.
  2. Demonstrate game play using the oversized blowup of one of the boards. The object is to put a present tense sentence into its past tense. Demonstrate this for the students. Once finished, you mark an X or O on that sentence area.



  • For students who finish fast, have them come and get a copy of the second Tic-Tac-Toe board.
  • If you would like to have your students practice writing you can make them write the sentence as well as say it. In that case it will take more time.



  • Mingle, listen to your students' pronunciation. Correct and encourage.



  • My students were learning how to pronounce these words in the past tense for the first time so some of them needed a lot of help and encouragement. If this is the case, before starting the game, you might have the students write the past tense verbs above the present tense ones and go over them as a class.

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