17 A Skiing Trip

Fred and his friends were getting rather anxious. It was beginning to look as though they might have to call off their skiing trip, which had been arranged for the end of the month. They had to have ten of them for the package deal, but both Joe and Alan had let them down at the last minute. Fortunately, Joe’s cousin, Morris, had said that he would stand in for him, but they still needed one more person. They had immediately called on Eddie for assistance, but he had said that he could not possibly help them out at such short notice. Fred had said rather cynically that Eddie had refused because he did not want to part with any money and, indeed, Eddie had a reputation for being very mean. Someone suggested Bert, but they remembered that he had been turfed out of the hotel for drunkenness the last time they had all gone on a trip. He really was not suitable, even if they were desperate. Finally, Fred decided to turn to his cousin, Bill. He was not very hopeful since Bill was always busy. However, Bill said that he needed some exercise to work off all the food which he had wolfed down at Christmas and would be very pleased to join them. He was an excellent skier and good company. They were all pleased that he could go. Most of all, they were pleased that they did not have to cancel their holiday.

 

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17 A Skiing Trip

Fred and his friends were getting rather anxious. It was beginning to look as though they might have to ….    …  their skiing trip, which had been arranged for the end of the month. They had to have ten of them for the package deal, but both Joe and Alan had …     them ….     at the last minute. Fortunately, Joe’s cousin, Morris, had said that he would …..     ..    …   him, but they still needed one more person. They had immediately ……     ..   Eddie for assistance, but he had said that he could not possibly ….     them …    at such short notice. Fred had said rather cynically that Eddie had refused because he did not want to ….    ….   any money and, indeed, Eddie had a reputation for being very mean. Someone suggested Bert, but they remembered that he had been ……     ….    of the hotel for drunkenness the last time they had all gone on a trip. He really was not suitable, even if they were desperate. Finally, Fred decided to ….   ..   his cousin, Bill. He was not very hopeful since Bill was always busy. However, Bill said that he needed some exercise to ….    …   all the food which he had ……    ….   at Christmas and would be very pleased to join them. He was an excellent skier and good company. They were all pleased that he could go. Most of all, they were pleased that they did not have to cancel their holiday.

Conversation Questions

 

How would a child feel if a school trip they had been looking forward to going on was called off? Has something similar happened to you?

Talk about possible ways people let one another down.

Did you ever have another teacher stand in for your regular teacher at school?

If you would call on the world to do something, what would it be?

Tell us about the person who always helps you out when you need it.

What would you hate to part with?

Why would someone be turfed out of a bar?

Who can you turn to if you are in trouble?

How can teachers help kids work off negative energy?

Do you have a friend who wolfs down their food? Have you ever done it?

 

 

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