Vocabulary Tic-Tac-Toe Lesson
Tic-tac-toe, with a few additions, can be a great way to hold the attention of a class full of preschoolers or Kindergarteners.
First divide the class into two teams. Let them name the teams; they will be more invested in the game if it is "The Sharks" vs. "The Lions," instead of "Team A" vs. "Team B".
Next draw a giant tic-tac-toe grid on the white/chalkboard. If you do not have one at your disposal, the game can easily be played on the floor using tape.
Using words or pictures (depending on how advanced your students are) place nine vocabulary cards in each of the tic-tac-toe squares (for example, fire truck, dump truck, garbage truck, and so on- use thematic related words).
Have the students play "Paper, Rock, Scissors" to decide which team goes first. Let the first student throw a bean bag or a wadded up piece of paper at the tic-tac-toe grid. Ask the student a question about the vocabulary word in the square. Ex: Question: "What is this?" Answer: "It is a fire truck." You can also work on sentence structure, depending on the level of your students.
If the student answers correctly, place an X in the square and continue in the basic tic-tac-toe fashion.
This preschool lesson plan is a good way to increase classroom attention span, entertain the students, and complete a lesson on vocabulary.