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This World Geography project is a student favorite! Students research where in the world they would go on a dream vacation. They research the sites, plan an itinerary, calculate prices using exchange rates, create a visual overview, and present their vacation to their peers. They have a lot of fun and their research doesn't feel like work. Life-skills are learned when trying to find the best price for airfare or which hotel to stay in. Students learn a lot about real-life travel, discovering how much it really costs to go on a vacation. They guesstimate how much it will cost first and then research the actual prices. Who will come closest to their original number?
Project overview handout
Detailed project daily lesson plans
Price estimations sheet
Vacation spending list sheet
Travel itinerary forms
Research web links sheet
Cost difference sheets (blank and example)
Exchange rates to dollar worksheet (blank)
World currency matching sheets (blank and answer key)
Several Common Core Standards are met with this project including: Math: Analyze proportional relationships...(exchange rates)
Several Language Arts and History/Social Studies Standards (research, presentation, listening, and many reading skills)
This project is a highlight of the semester for my high school students. It is easily suitable for junior high students as well!