What Could You Buy with a Dollar?
Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts (reasoning and
thinking, listening, and oral communication), Economics (money)
Needs and Wants, Change, Decision-making, Economics
Historic catalogue from this site; overhead projector
This is a new kind of dollar store! Imagine it is the fall of
and you have just received the Eaton's Fall and Winter 1918-19
What could you buy with a dollar?
- Using the guidelines in Introduction to the
print out one or two pages from the Eaton's Fall and Winter
catalogue (links suggested below, but many other pages are appropriate
- Project these pages onto a screen or wall or photocopy for individual
- Ask students to identify what they could buy with a dollar to spend.
of the actual prices may seem surprising from a present-day viewpoint and
may benefit from a class discussion concerning why the relative prices of
seem so inexpensive by today's standards.