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June 1997 - Issue No. #27 (p.17)
In the high school textbook I teach (Unicorn), there is a lesson about the rare "one cent magenta" stamp found by a small boy in 1873 and sold in 1980 for $850,000. To add a global dimension to the lesson, I designed a supplementary activity on world stamps and global issues, using an excellent Japanese book about world stamps entitled "Kitte wa kataru" (Stamps Talk!) that I managed to find at the local library.
After reading the textbook story, I asked students questions such as "Do you like stamps?", "Do you have any stamps at home?", "What kind of pictures do stamps show?" I then gave out two handouts (the stamps below and a world map showing the names of all the countries) and assigned students the following two tasks:
Although students had some difficulty locating countries on the map, they could all arrange the stamps according to the three themes: saving energy, endangered animals, war and peace. As a follow-up, students can draw a stamp of their own design that deals with a global issue. There are even stamp design contests held by newspapers and the Ministry of Posts that students can submit their designs to. The teacher can also encourage students to bring to class used stamps, telephone cards and postcards to raise funds for charity.
WORLD STAMP ANSWERS (Stamp No., Country ---Theme)
1. Bangladesh --- Endangered animals
6. Mauritius --- Endangered animals
9. Netherlands --- Endangered animals
2. Spain --- Saving energy
4. Greece --- Saving energy
7. Japan --- Saving energy
3. Germany --- War and Peace
5. Rwanda --- War and Peace
8. Russia --- War and Peace
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