Friday, May 18, 2012

Library Tic-Tac-Toe

This week in fourth grade we played Library Tic-Tac Toe. Our goal was to practice using the library catalog, call numbers, and find books throughout the library. 
I created Tic Tac Toe boards for the students to fill in. Students were given index cards with book titles and authors listed on them. They then:
  • Wrote the title and author on their Tic-Tac-Toe Board
  • Looked up the book in our online catalog
  • Found the call number and recorded it on their board
  • Located the book on the shelf
If the book was in, the students go an 'X' on their board from me or their teacher. If the book was checked out, they got an 'O.' To win the game, student needed 3 'X's in a row. I think their favorite part was that I had them yell, "Tic-Tac-Toe--Three in a Row!" when they won the game.

Kids were zooming all over the library trying to locate books. It was a lot of fun to see the students able to use the catalog to locate materials in the library and having fun to boot!

UPDATE I have had a lot of people ask for this document. I added it to my google docs. Click this link to make your own copy. Feel free to edit as needed. I did not print out the direction page.


  1. Oh that is such a swweeeeeeeet activity!. Stealing! this idea. Thank you!

  2. Can i get your template for this. First year in the library and I need all the resources I can get thanks

  3. Would I please be able to get your template for this activity. My students would love it, and since it is my first year in library, I need all the help I can get. Thanks in advance!!
    Love your blog!

  4. Would it be possible to get your template for this activity? It would be perfect for my 4th and 5th grade students. Such a great idea! Thank you in advance!! Just found your blog. Love it!

  5. Ditto! this is my first year in an elementary library, and this activity looks great! Can you email your template to me as well? I have been looking at your blog all night!

  6. thank you very much!!!