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									Think Tac Toe
 Adapted from Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom,
                Carol Ann Tomlinson, ASCD 2003



• Think-Tac-Toe plays               • Typically, the Think-
  off the familiar                    Tac-Toe grid has nine
  childhood game. It is               cells in it like a Tic-
  a simple way to give                Tac-Toe game. The
  students alternative                number of rows and
  ways of exploring and               cells can, of course,
  expressing key ideas                be adjusted.
  and using key skills.
 Adapted from Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom,
                Carol Ann Tomlinson, ASCD 2003



• As with related strategies, it is important
  that no matter which choices students
  make, they must grapple with the key
  ideas and use the keys skills central to the
  topic or area of study.
• In other words, whichever choices the
  student makes, he/she should be
  addressing the same KUDs as the others
         Adaptations
• Allow students to complete any 3 tasks--
  even if the completed tasks don't make a
  Tic-Tac-Toe.
• Assign student tasks based on readiness.
• Create different Tic-Tac-Toe boards based
  on readiness.
• Create Tic-Tac-Toe boards based on
  learning styles or learning preferences.
• Create Tic-Tac-Toe boards based on
  Multiple Intelligences.
                       Angela Cunningham
Knowledge                         Comprehension                   Application
list, define, tell, describe,     summarize, describe,            apply, demonstrate, calculate,
identify, show, label, collect,   interpret, contrast, predict,   complete, illustrate, show,
                                  associate, distinguish,         solve, examine, modify, relate,
examine, quote, name,
                                                                  change, classify, experiment,
who, when, where                  estimate, discuss, extend


Analysis                          Synthesis                       Evaluation
analyze, separate, order,         combine, integrate, modify,     assess, decide, rank,
explain, connect, classify,       rearrange, substitute, plan,    grade, test, measure,
arrange, divide, compare,         create, design, invent, what    recommend, convince,
select, explain, infer            if?, compose, formulate,        select, judge, explain,
                                  prepare, generalize, rewrite    discriminate, support,
                                                                  conclude, compare

Comprehension                     Application or Knowledge or
or Evaluation                     Evaluation     Analysis
                                     Learning Contract----Think Tac Toe
                                       Ancient Civilizations – Grade 6
                   As an ancient mapmaker, you           Imagine that you are an ancient          Assume you are persuading
GEOGRAPHY




                   are commissioned to create a          citizen who awakens to discover          others to visit your ancient
                   map of your land including all        that all water has evaporated.           civilization. Design a descriptive,
                   natural land forms, a compass         Explain in detail how this would         accurate travel brochure.
                   rose and a scale. Also find           alter your way of life. Also, do         Include both natural and man-
                   examples of each land form in a       this for the town where you live.        made elements that would
                   modern civilization.                                                           attract tourists.
IMPORTANT PEOPLE




                   You are an ancient scribe. Write      Assume the identity of a famous          You are a famous sculptor.
                   and illustrate a thorough             person from the given time               Create a 3D representation of a
                   description of a famous               period. Create a journal entry           well-known leader, god,
                   character from each time period       reflecting the ideas, values, and        goddess, or common citizen.
                   being studied. Profile yourself       components of daily life for that        Include a museum exhibit card.
                   also.                                 person & you.

                   Written language is an essential      Recreate in 3D form a famous             Find a way to explain and show
                   part of everyday life. Your task is   work of architecture from your           the importance of music and the
CONTRIBUTIONS




                   to create an alphabet. Include a      time period. Compare and                 arts to your culture. Also show
                   translation into modern English,      contrast this piece to one piece         at least 2 examples with roots in
                   a written description of the          of modern day architecture. Find         our time.
                   language development a & a 3D         one example of this
                   artifact of the new language.         architecture’s presence in
                                                         modern day society.
                                                           Charles Kyle & Kathy Reed * Illinois
     Novel Think Tac-Toe
     Directions: Select and complete one activity from each horizontal row to
     help you and others think about your novel. Remember to make your
     work thoughtful, original, rich with detail, and accurate.
Create a pair of collages that            Write a bio-poem about yourself and      Write a recipe or set of directions for
compares you and a character in the       another about a main character in the    how you would solve a problem and
book. Compare and contrast physical       book so your readers see how you         another for how a main character in
and personality traits. Label your        and the character are alike and          the book would solve a problem.
collages so viewers understand your       different. Be sure to include the most   Your list should help us know you and
thinking.                                 important traits in each poem.           the character.


Draw/paint and write a greeting card      Make a model or a map of a key           Make 2 timelines. The first should
that invites us into the scenery and      place in your life, and an important     illustrate and describe a least 6-8
mood of an important part of the          one in the novel. Find a way to help     shifts in settings in the book. The
book. Be sure the verse helps us          viewers understand both what the         second should explain and illustrate
understand what is important in the       places are like and why they are         how the mood changes with the
scene and why.                            important in your life and the           change in setting.
                                          characters’.

Using books of proverbs and/on            Interview a key character from the       Find several songs you think reflect
quotations, find at least 6-8 that you    book to find out what lessons he/she     an important message from the book.
feel reflect what’s important about the   thinks we should learn from events in    Prepare an audio collage. Write an
novel’s theme. Find at least 6-8 that     the book. Use a Parade magazine          exhibit card that helps your listener
do the same for your life. Display        for material. Be sure the interview is   understand how you think these
them and explain your choices.            thorough.                                songs express the book’s meaning.



  Novel Title: ____________________ Author:_______________________
  Activities Selected: _______, _____, _____
  Student: ______________________
Novel Think Tac-Toe
Directions: Select and complete one activity from each horizontal row to help
you and others think about your novel. Remember to make your work
thoughtful, original, rich with detail, and accurate.

  Write a bio-poem about yourself       A character in the book is being       You’re a “profiler.” Write and
  and another about a main character    written up in the paper 20 years       illustrate a full and useful profile of
  in the book so your readers see       after the novel ends. Write the        an interesting character from the
  how you and the character are alike   piece. Where has life taken            book with emphasis on personality
  and different. Be sure to include     him/her? Why? Now, do the same         traits and mode of operating. While
  the m most important traits in each   for yourself 20 years from now.        you’re at it, profile yourself, too.
  poem.                                 Make sure both pieces are
                                        interesting feature articles.
  Research a town/place you feel is     Make a model or a map of a key         The time and place in which people
  equivalent to the one in which the    place in your life, and an important   find themselves and when events
  novel is set. Use maps, sketches,     one in the novel. Find a way to        happen shape those people and
  population and other demographic      help viewers understand both what      events in important ways. Find a
  data to help you make comparisons     the places are like and why they       way to convincingly prove that idea
  and contrasts.                        are important in your life and the     using this book.
                                        characters’.
  Find out about famous people in       Create a multi-media presentation      Find several songs you think reflect
  history or current events whose       that fully explores a key theme from   an important message from the
  experiences and lives reflect the     the novel. Use at least 3 media (for   book. Prepare an audio collage.
  essential themes of this novel.       example, painting, music, poetry,      Write an exhibit card that helps
  Show us what you’ve learned.          photography, drama, sculpture,         your listener understand how you
                                        calligraphy, etc.) in your             think these songs express the
                                        exploration.                           book’s meaning.

     Novel Title: ____________________ Author:_______________________
     Activities Selected: _______, _____, _____
     Student: ______________________
                                              A Planet “Show & Tell”
          (Each student must pick one square from each horizontal row and use the two together)

                        Use the computer          Paint a picture that                Construct a model                 Create a book or
                        to make a drawing         shows how the                       that shows how the                puppet show that
Create One




                        that shows how the        rotation and                        rotation and                      shows how the
                        rotation and              revolution of the                   revolution of the                 rotation and
                        revolution of the         Earth works to                      Earth works to                    revolution of the
                        Earth works to            create day and                      create day and                    Earth works.
                        create day and            night and seasons.                  night and seasons.
                        night and seasons.
Pick a Way to Explain




                        Make labels for the       Write sentences*                    Write a story that                Write a poem that
                        sun, Earth, day,          that identity and                   explains the Earth’s              explains the Earth’s
                        night, orbit to attach    explain each part of                rotation, revolution,             rotation, revolution,
                        to or use with your       your drawing or                     day and night, and                day and night and
                        creation. Be ready        model and how                       seasons.                          seasons.
                        to explain orally.        each part works.


                                     This differentiated review/synthesis task is based on Va. SOLS for science:
1.6 The student will investigate & understand the basic relationships between the Earth and sun, Including *the sun is the
     source of heat & light *night & day are caused by the rotation of the Earth. 1.7 The student will investigate and
   understand the relationship of seasonal change (light and temperature) to the activities & life processes of plants and
                                                          animals.
                                                 Based on Unit by Bette Wood, Charlottesville, Virginia City Schools.
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