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We all know how difficult it is to get some fifth graders to sit down and complete math homework, let alone do additional practice to review new skills. One way to “trick” your child into getting extra practice with one-step equations is to play a variation of the classic game, tic tac toe. Your child will be so busy strategizing ways to get “3-in-a-row”, she may not realize she's actually practicing important pre-algebraic skills. So, skip the workbooks and break out the tic tac toe board—your child's sudden enthusiasm for math just might surprise you!