The original mail-order catalogues in this activity are rich graphic and text resources that can support many activities related to this Webquest and its specific curriculum links as well as other aspects of Social Studies, History, Geography, English, Language Arts, Core French, English as a Second Language, Math, and Art. By doing these extension activities, your students will gain valuable experience and skills in performing primary source research and internet-based research, as well as in analysing and synthesising information.

Most of the activities that follow require the web-based catalogue pages only, while some require a recent Sears catalogue and other contemporary catalogues that your students bring in.

We hope that you will perform some of these activities with your students and then think of other ways to make use of the valuable resources on this site.
The original mail-order catalogues in this activity are rich graphic and text resources that can support many activities related to this Webquest and its specific curriculum links as well as other aspects of Social Studies, History, Geography, English, Language Arts, Core French, English as a Second Language, Math, and Art. By doing these extension activities, your students will gain valuable experience and skills in performing primary source research and internet-based research, as well as in analysing and synthesising information.

Most of the activities that follow require the web-based catalogue pages only, while some require a recent Sears catalogue and other contemporary catalogues that your students bring in.

We hope that you will perform some of these activities with your students and then think of other ways to make use of the valuable resources on this site.

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Subjects
Social Studies, History, Technology and Information Studies

Themes
Change, Technological Change

Resources
On-line Catalogues

Description
Take a look at other catalogues that are available on this site. Assign a different catalogue to each group of students, and challenge them to make an order equivalent to their 1948 order from this catalogue. If they can’t find an exact item, they must find the closest match (for example, a record player could replace a phonograph).
  Beginning with the group that consulted the oldest catalogue, ask the groups to make presentations about what they would order from their catalogue.
  Each group should explain how items changed, which items were no longer available, and which were replaced with new items.
  As a class, discuss reasons for the changing availability of items.

Suggested catalogues are: Read More

Subjects
Social Studies, History, Technology and Information Studies

Themes
Change, Technological Change

Resources
On-line Catalogues

Description
Take a look at other catalogues that are available on this site.

  1. Assign a different catalogue to each group of students, and challenge them to make an order equivalent to their 1948 order from this catalogue. If they can’t find an exact item, they must find the closest match (for example, a record player could replace a phonograph).
     
  2. Beginning with the group that consulted the oldest catalogue, ask the groups to make presentations about what they would order from their catalogue.
     
  3. Each group should explain how items changed, which items were no longer available, and which were replaced with new items.
     
  4. As a class, discuss reasons for the changing availability of items.

Suggested catalogues are:


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Subjects
Social Studies, Language Arts, Art

Themes
Needs, Wants, Change

Resources Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue current Sears catalogue (to bring in) other contemporary mail-order catalogues (to bring in)

Description
Ask each student to bring in one or more mail-order catalogues from home, including at least one current Sears catalogue. Break the class into small groups and perform the following two activities:

First Activity
Ask students to compare the design and text of a current Sears catalogue or other contemporary catalogue to the 1948 catalogue they used in the Webquest. After a reasonable amount of time, lead a class discussion about the changes in catalogue design.

Specific features to compare: Cover image, design, text, and message
  Index of current Sears catalogue: Read More

Subjects
Social Studies, Language Arts, Art

Themes
Needs, Wants, Change

Resources

Description
Ask each student to bring in one or more mail-order catalogues from home, including at least one current Sears catalogue. Break the class into small groups and perform the following two activities:

First Activity
Ask students to compare the design and text of a current Sears catalogue or other contemporary catalogue to the 1948 catalogue they used in the Webquest. After a reasonable amount of time, lead a class discussion about the changes in catalogue design.

Specific features to compare:

  • Cover image, design, text, and message
     
  • Index of current Sears catalogue:
    • How have categories changed?
    • What categories have disappeared?
    • What new categories have appeared?
       
  • Index of specialty catalogues:
    • What are the categories?
    • How does the selection of goods compare to the selection in the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue?
       
  • Vocabulary:
    • What words are no longer used?
    • What new words are used?
    • Make a list of outdated words and their meanings.

Second Activity
Ask each group to compare the goods available in the 1948-49 catalogue and contemporary catalogues. Then, lead a class discussion about the changes in goods available then and now, reasons for these changes, and how the changes affect our health, environment and daily lives.

Suggested areas to compare:

  • Items for sale: Look at clothing, appliances, toys, sports equipment and audio-visual equipment.
     
    • What has stayed the same?
    • What has changed?
    • What has disappeared?
    • If items have disappeared, has anything replaced them?
       
  • Some items to look at in both old and new catalogues are: gloves, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, hats, electric irons, hot plates, radios, phonographs, bikes, stoves, barn equipment, cream separators, harnesses, and washing machines.

Extend this to an art activity by printing out or sketching similar items from old and new catalogues, and making a collage that compares the old and the new.


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Subjects

Math, Technology and Information Studie,; Social Studies, History

Theme
Change

Resources Eaton’s Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue; contemporary Sears catalogue (to bring in); price conversion table (below)

Price Conversion Table

Use this table to compare catalogue prices to 2003 dollars. To compare prices to current dollars, use the full table provided at http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/inflation_calc.htm.

In 2003 you would need …

$12.04

...to match the purchasing Read More

Subjects

Math, Technology and Information Studie,; Social Studies, History

Theme
Change

Resources

Price Conversion Table

Use this table to compare catalogue prices to 2003 dollars. To compare prices to current dollars, use the full table provided at http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/inflation_calc.htm.

In 2003 you would need …

$12.04

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1918.

In 2003 you would need...

$11.16

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1926.

In 2003 you would need...

$11.27

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1929.

In 2003 you would need...

$13.95

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1936.

In 2003 you would need...

$13.49

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1939.

In 2003 you would need...

$9.03

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1948.

In 2003 you would need...

$8.41

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1950.

In 2003 you would need...

$7.31

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1956.

In 2003 you would need...

$6.57

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1962.

In 2003 you would need...

$5.79

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1967.

In 2003 you would need...

$3.69

...to match the purchasing power of $1 in 1975.

Source: Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator

Description
Ask each group of students to convert their 1948 order into a contemporary order. They must find an equivalent item in the Sears catalogue for each item on their original order. Calculate the cost of the entire order. Using the price conversion table, ask each group to determine the cost of the 1948 order in current dollars. How does the overall cost compare? Calculate the percentage increase or decrease.

Repeat this activity for each item on the list, comparing the price of each item in current dollars. Which items increased the most? The least?

Ask each group to present its findings. Lead a class discussion about why prices change.


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Subjects
Social Studies, Language Arts

Themes
Change; Writing for a specific audience

Resources Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue; contemporary catalogues brought in by students

Description
Ask each student to bring in one or more mail-order catalogues from home.

First, as a class, choose an item from the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue and a similar item from a contemporary catalogue. Suggestions are a pair of shoes, a bike or a stove. Write out the text accompanying each item on your whiteboard or project it on a screen. As a class, compare the way both texts are written.

Next, ask each student to choose an item from a recent catalogue and to write text for it that may have appeared in a 1948 catalogue. Ask a few students to read out their text.

You could also ask students to choose a 1948 item and write text that would accompany it in a cont Read More

Subjects
Social Studies, Language Arts

Themes
Change; Writing for a specific audience

Resources

Description
Ask each student to bring in one or more mail-order catalogues from home.

First, as a class, choose an item from the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue and a similar item from a contemporary catalogue. Suggestions are a pair of shoes, a bike or a stove. Write out the text accompanying each item on your whiteboard or project it on a screen. As a class, compare the way both texts are written.

Next, ask each student to choose an item from a recent catalogue and to write text for it that may have appeared in a 1948 catalogue. Ask a few students to read out their text.

You could also ask students to choose a 1948 item and write text that would accompany it in a contemporary catalogue.


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Matières
Études sociales, histoire

Thèmes
Le changement, l'urbanisation, l'immigration Ressources

Descriptions des familles dans la cyberquête

Description
Expliquez aux élèves que les familles et leurs membres décrits dans la cyberquête sont inspirés de familles réelles qui vivaient en 1950. Ces descriptions ont été en partie élaborées à la suite d'entrevues menées auprès des enfants - aujourd'hui des gens âgés - qui faisaient partie de ces familles.

Animez une discussion de classe sur les différences et les similitudes entre les familles de la cyberquête et celles d'aujourd'hui. La composition de la famille, le lieu de naissance de ses membres, leur lieu de résidence, les rôles de chacun de ses membres ainsi que la profession et les revenus des parents sont des aspects qui peuvent être comparés. Les thèmes à explorer sont le changement (en ce qui concerne les modes de vie, la composition des familles, les métiers exercés par les parents), l'urbanisation et l'immigration. Élargissez cette activ Read More

Matières
Études sociales, histoire

Thèmes
Le changement, l'urbanisation, l'immigration

Ressources

Descriptions des familles dans la cyberquête

Description
Expliquez aux élèves que les familles et leurs membres décrits dans la cyberquête sont inspirés de familles réelles qui vivaient en 1950. Ces descriptions ont été en partie élaborées à la suite d'entrevues menées auprès des enfants - aujourd'hui des gens âgés - qui faisaient partie de ces familles.

Animez une discussion de classe sur les différences et les similitudes entre les familles de la cyberquête et celles d'aujourd'hui. La composition de la famille, le lieu de naissance de ses membres, leur lieu de résidence, les rôles de chacun de ses membres ainsi que la profession et les revenus des parents sont des aspects qui peuvent être comparés. Les thèmes à explorer sont le changement (en ce qui concerne les modes de vie, la composition des familles, les métiers exercés par les parents), l'urbanisation et l'immigration. Élargissez cette activité en proposant aux élèves d'interroger leurs parents ou leurs grands-parents en vue d'élaborer des descriptions semblables de leur propre famille.


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Subjects
Social Studies, English Language Arts

Themes
Any!

Resources
Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue, other catalogues

Description
Students create a quiz using catalogue images and text. Individually or as a group, pick out five objects from the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue. Print out the five pages. Cut out the objects and their descriptions, and separate them into two piles. On one side of a whiteboard, post all of the objects. On the other side, post the descriptions. Challenge classmates to match the correct description to the correct object. You can also make this into a competition by creating teams that try to match the objects to their descriptions in the shortest time.

You can do this activity with other catalogues linked to this site. Some of the earliest catalogues have the most unusual objects.

Look at the: Goodwin's Fall and Winter Read More

Subjects
Social Studies, English Language Arts

Themes
Any!

Resources
Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue, other catalogues

Description
Students create a quiz using catalogue images and text. Individually or as a group, pick out five objects from the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue. Print out the five pages. Cut out the objects and their descriptions, and separate them into two piles. On one side of a whiteboard, post all of the objects. On the other side, post the descriptions. Challenge classmates to match the correct description to the correct object. You can also make this into a competition by creating teams that try to match the objects to their descriptions in the shortest time.

You can do this activity with other catalogues linked to this site. Some of the earliest catalogues have the most unusual objects.

Look at the:


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Subject
Math

Resources
Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue

Description
Students create math problems for classmates to do. Provide students with one or two examples. Students can exchange problems, or do them as a class. Challenge your students to convert the imperial measurers into metric.

Examples: You need to buy shoes for three children and have $22.50 to spend, including tax and shipping. Which shoes do you buy?
  You have ten dollars to spend on Christmas gifts. Your family needs to purchase items for mother, father, 5-year-old son, and 10-year-old daughter. What do you buy?
  You want to replace the shingles on your roof (page 560). Your roof is 15 yd x 4 yd on each of two sides. How many shingles do you need? Read More

Subject
Math

Resources
Eaton's Fall and Winter 1948-49 catalogue

Description
Students create math problems for classmates to do. Provide students with one or two examples. Students can exchange problems, or do them as a class. Challenge your students to convert the imperial measurers into metric.

Examples:

  1. You need to buy shoes for three children and have $22.50 to spend, including tax and shipping.
    • Which shoes do you buy?
       
  2. You have ten dollars to spend on Christmas gifts. Your family needs to purchase items for mother, father, 5-year-old son, and 10-year-old daughter.
    • What do you buy?
       
  3. You want to replace the shingles on your roof (page 560). Your roof is 15 yd x 4 yd on each of two sides.
    • How many shingles do you need?
    • What will it cost?
    • How much will the most expensive shingles cost?
    • The least expensive?
    • What if you just need to patch a small area of 2 yd x 2 yd?

Similar challenges could focus on fabric (page 322), carpet (page 416), and linoleum flooring (page 414 and 415).


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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • observe and identify the characteristics of early 20th century lifestyle;
  • compare the evolution of the Canadian and Quebec society over several decades;
  • explain the similarities and differences between past and present society;
  • discuss the main events of the 20th century (economic crisis, World Wars, unionization, feminist movement) and the impact that they had on Canadian and Quebec societies.

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