Project-based learning / cooperative groups of 4
Tell kids that they get to travel to any destination around the world! The only catch is that they will be going with 3 other classmates (only 1 destination) for 4 days and 3 nights.
Once they decide on a location, they all get an air ticket, which they fill out for their flight. The teacher cuts it and collects their boarding passes. They keep their ticket and attach it to their photo journal (a travel book they make throughout the process).
Next they research the weather forecast for the 4 days they are going so they know what to pack. Then they come up with a list of items that they should bring with them. Once again students must collaborate and decide what to pack. Each group has 1 photo journal (not each individual student). Students take turns drawing / recording in it.
Then they research a place to stay, record the cost / research places to eat, record the cost / research things to explore, record the cost (+ the cost of traveling there: taxi, bus, rental car, etc.). The research process is the imaginary vacation!
page 2: instructions (listed above)
page 3: air tickets (2)
page 4: weather forecast / kids research and create their own weather icons
page 5: what to pack (list)
page 6: photo journal book cover
page 7: lodging information / kids find images and record accommodations / cost
page 8-15: food logs (breakfast, lunch, dinner)and exploration logs (1 location each day: 4 total + kids record travel costs to get there if it is far from where they are staying) / kids draw, find images and record the costs page 16: kids add up the total cost of their trip (flight not included / pretend they got a free round-trip ticket - if you want - or you can have them add it to the list)
At the end of this project compare what groups spent. Who was money savvy and found cheap lodging, food and entertainment? Who was a big spender and wanted the best of everything?!