The card collection

[Episode 4 | 1978 : Mike]

Mike needs to borrow $50 in order to buy the carburettor that Ben's brother needs for his performance car. But no one in the family will lend him the money even though he is prepared to sell his beloved card collection.


History

The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Wheaty Flakes cards
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Subtheme(s): Customs and traditions; Entertainment and games

Card collecting and trading has been a favourite pastime of many Australian children for decades. Collecting cards that are rare is the key to a good collection.

Discover
  • Ask students to discuss the following questions and create a mind map of ideas:
  1. What types of cards are collected and traded?
  2. Are card collections valuable? If so, which are the most valuable collections?
  3. Where did card collecting originate and when?
  4. What changes have impacted on card collecting and trading in the past 50 years?

Reflect
  • Ask students to discuss their card collections. Have them write a report on why they collect these types of cards, how they purchase or trade them, what type of cards they need to complete the collection, and which cards are most valuable to them and why.
  • Ask students to design their own card that would fit into the collection. The card must have an image and text. It must have a registration number that fits with the number order of the collection.
  • Alternatively, ask students to create a series of five cards depicting something of interest to them. The cards should include a picture of the item on the front and information on the back. Students could give a short presentation on why their cards are the most exclusive and sought after by other collectors.

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