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For / Since Tic Tac Toe

For / Since Tic Tac Toe

Students play a Tic Tac Toe game to practice using for and since with the present perfect.

Level:  Elementary

Topic:  For / since

Grammar:  Present perfect

Time:  15 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.
  • Draw a Tic Tac Toe game on the board with numbers 1 – 9 in the squares.



Divide the students into two teams. Designate one team as X and the other as O.


Ask the O team to choose a square by saying the number that is written in the square.


Say a sentence from the Key, and ask the O team to decide whether to use for or since. Allow a 30 second time limit.


If the O team is correct, then they get an O in the square. If they are incorrect, then the play goes to the X team. The X team can make the sentence or choose another square.


Continue the game until a team wins Tic Tac Toe (three X's or O's in a row: vertical, horizontal, or diagonal).

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