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I Wish

Collect mail order catalogs from as many sources as possible.
Invite students, in pairs, to browse through them.

Tell students that they each have an imaginary $200 to spend on catalog items.
Encourage some socializing in the groups so enthusiasm for the lesson can build while the hunt for "wishes" proceeds.

Let students decide on individual purchases within the defined limits.

Distribute duplicates of a standard order blank, with spaces designated for the name and address of the sender, the catalog item number, the name of the merchandise, the unit price, quantity desired, total price, tax, shipping charge and the grand total.

When computations have been checked, children cut out the illustrations and descriptions of their ordered items and paste them on sheets of drawing paper.

These can be collected into a "Class Wish Book" to glance through on dreary winter days.

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