If you are looking to have students plan a trip to another country in a problem-based learning (PBL) format, look no further! I created this after realizing that most "plan a trip" projects I found were too high level for my Spanish Is, didn't ask students to work hard enough to provide key details, and flat-out just weren't very fun!
I use this in my Spanish I class during Tema 4, so there is a mix of Spanish and English according to what the students know at this point in the year. You can EASILY change this project, though, to add more Spanish, or even easily put it in French or German.
Use as HW or as a multi-day class project. Students are asked to plan a VERY thorough trip to a Spanish speaking country using this FULLY EDITABLE trip-planning template. I take my kids to the computer lab for this, and I usually budget 4 days for them to complete this. Because it's so detailed, it's very easy for you to grade, too. :)
Here's what you're getting:
A 13 page packet asking students to plan the trip from beginning to end using six steps
Where are you going? Students pick from several different cities that you've listed for them. They are asked to tell you about local time, currency, fun facts about the country, etc.
How are you getting there? Students are walked through the process of finding an airport code, and then are asked to use Priceline to choose the best flight. Students tell you flight number, departure time, arrival time, layovers, etc. I ask them to justify their reason for picking their particular flight, and explain how something like layovers, departure time, etc. can affect their preferred flight choice. Students are also asked to find out about who the airport was named after and write about it, too.
Explore! I use common words from our current chapter to ask students to explore their surroundings via Google Maps/Earth (gimnasio, parque, etc.). They have to use Google Earth to identify what they see when they do a street view around these places.
Find a hotel! Students research various hotels using TripAdvisor. Like true trip-planning pros, I ask them to write about what concerns were brought up about their hotel on Trip Advisor. I also ask them to identify two useful tips that they find about their hotel, too (e.g., Ask for a corner room on the third floor because they have great views!)
What will you do for fun? Students find some fun, touristy things to do, and are asked to write about them in response to various interrogative words from our chapter. They have to identify cost, hours, and again use TripAdvisor to get some helpful tips on their attration.
What will you eat? Students use the "nearby" feature on Google Maps to plan a meal based on proximity to their tourist trips. They have to tell you what they plan to eat, how much it costs, and print out a menu from each restaurant that they pick.
What's in your suitcase? Students are asked to pick several unique, creative items to pack -- no boring sweatshirts here! ;) I encourage them to look at what events are happening around the town and plan accordingly (for example, if you'll be in Spain during the Tomatina festival, you better bring a poncho!). Students write about what they'll bring and how it will help them.
Find a YouTube video that explains how to use Google Maps and Google Earth for students who may not be familiar with things like street view, etc.
In the fact-paced world in which we live, students are sometimes in a hurry to get done with work, projects, etc. I start this unit off by telling them that the goal is to have fun and explore things SLOWLY....not to rush through this! I let them know that I want them to really get a feel for the country that they're studying, and to just slow down and enjoy the journey.
My students LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this project! I enjoy watching them excitedly see what a real Spanish-speaking country looks like, and I explain to them how what they've just completed represent the EXACT STEPS that trip-planning pros need to go through in order to have a successful journey. Many students tell me after this project is done that they feel like they could actually DO this trip successfully, which is the exact point of problem-based learning.
This is easy for your to edit to include more or less vocab, or even change the language if you are a French or German teacher.
Because it is so detailed, it is a breeze to grade.
I hope that you enjoy this purchase and get much use out of it for years to come!