Triad Tic Tac Toe is a set of four cards to review chords and chord inversions. This is a very fast, 2-person tic tac toe game for late elementary and intermediate students. Only one card is used in the game, so you can play at different levels for each student. It can be used for review, or as a teaching tool to explain as you play.
This game is like a worksheet, but a lot more fun.
There are four cards in this set. The first and second cards include inverted triads, and the third and fourth cards are in root position.
Have you ever noticed that some students can play inversions without any trouble, but they just sit and stare when you ask them to name the chord. There is no doubt that learning to quickly identify inversions is a great help in not only memorizing, but in learning theory, improvising, or playing lead sheets.
In this game there is a very simple way to name an inverted triad. All you have to do is find the interval of a 4th and the top note of this interval is the name of the chord.
There are several things the student can identify with this game. Students can:
- Identify the root of the triad.
- Identify the inversion in cards one and two (first, second, root position).
- Name the chord using cards three and four.
- Identify the triad with Roman numerals. (Use the first card in C major because students need to know the key for this skill.)
- Identify the slash chord name, such as C/E. (Use the first and second cards.)
- Identify the triads as major or minor (if they know their key signatures).
- Bingo tokens, 2 different colors. [Pencil erasers, pieces of colored paper, bingo chips.]
- Two players use the same game board.
Directions for 2 players:
- Print one game board on card stock. The first and second cards are more difficult, so it depends on the skill you are working on.
- Give each player about 5 tokens of the same color.
- The student goes first and identifies a triad of his choice. If he/she is correct, he puts a token on it.
- This is repeated by the second player, with a different colored token.
- Play continues in this manner until a player has a token on 3 squares in a row in any direction, including diagonally, as in a Tic Tac Toe game.