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Sticky Note Challenge: Noughts + Crosses

Noughts + Crosses: Sticky note challenge. Answer questions on a sticky note and beat your partner to completing three in a row. A fun and competitive retrieval task. For remote learning this is excellent using Google's Jamboard! 

This game is designed as a quick starter or plenary. 

Create a 3 by 3 grid.  In each square write a question for the pupils to answer. Provide the pupils with a set of sticky notes - it is helpful for the pupils in each pair to have a different coloured sticky note in order to clearly differentiate which pupil has answered which question. Set a timer and let the pupils know that they have five minutes to correctly answer the questions. There is no need for pupils to wait for their partner to take their turn, it can be a race to see who can complete three questions in a row first.

To play remotely the grid can be created on Google's Jamboard.

  • When sharing the link to your Jamboard, use 'students can edit'. Instructions can be written to the side of the grid.
  • Pupils could play in pairs by using multiple Jamboard frames, simply allocate a frame to each pair. Alternatively, one grid could be used for the whole class by splitting the class into two teams. To do this, you would need to 'present your screen' to the class.
  • After a game has been completed, pupils could swap partners and swap Jamboard frames (if each frame has a different set of questions).
  • To play again, pupils could then either delete the sticky notes to have a clear frame or gain a square by working out the question that the sticky note covers up. To show they have gained the square they could use the colour fill option. 
  • This could be also be played using google-docs or google-slides.

Differentiation / Extension:

  • Questions could be colour coded depending on topic or difficulty.
  • Pupils could create the questions.
  • Once completed, pupils could swap their completed grids with another pair. The next pair need to try and work out what the question under the sticky note was.
  • Rather than aiming for 3 answers in a row, pupils could be awarded points depending on how many squares they have correctly answered. 
  • You could remove the timed conditions.