We then played a math dice game. Specially made paper dice had the numbers 4 through 9. Two dice are rolled. One of them is multiplied by ten and the other is subtracted from that number. Not as easy as you might expect for 3rd graders. Players take turn rolling the dice. The goal for each player is to come up with one number in each of the decades from the 30's through the 80's. The first one to get numbers all six decades win. My young student and I ended the game in a fiercely competitive tie, 5-5. Neither of us could roll an 8, which is necessary to get a number landing the decade of the 70s.
A newspaper article appeared earlier in the week about guy who who was an active math tutor at an elementary school "Retired salesman gives new spiel at Plymouth school: After a career in sales, 85-year-old Andy Anderson volunteers each week at a Plymouth school." I wonder if he's ever been compared to a movie figure? Possibly George Burns? No, probably not. One of his most famous appearances was in "Oh God", and that was filmed way back in the 70s.