Are you wanting to show your students the harsh reality of our world? Wanting to teach them about the real world? Looking for a CROSS-CURRICULAR project? Look no further!
Your students will have a set amount of money to spend on a 7 day vacation and it is their responsibility to plan accordingly. I cannot tell you the countless comments I have received from students who are in shock at how expensive that "dream summer vacation" or "dream spring break" is going to be! I have also seen appreciation on the faces of students who realize just how much Mom and Dad spent on "that last vacation."
With this project, your students will research flight, hotel and car expenses. They will plan a 7 day vacation where they map out expenses and create an itinerary. They will look at a menu of a restaurant, choose meals, calculate tax and tips. Your students will create an Excel sheet that creates a Pie Chart (provided) to analyze where money is being spent. They will have to make decisions about the importance and relevance of an experience vs. what the budget allows. So many great "real-world" values in this lesson!
Your students will:
*Study the history and culture of the area they choose to travel to! (History)
*Study the vegetation and animal life of the area they choose to travel to! (Science)
*Write an essay giving a brief overview of their trip and provide the details discovered from the above two bullet points.
*Budget money, calculate expenses, calculate tip percentage
YOUR PURCHASE INCLUDES:
*A Word document of the project to give to students
*A PDF sample project
*An Excel document set-up to be a template for the budget/pie chart
As, always, feel free to message me with any questions!
I teach in a 1-1 environment where each student has an iPad and we have the ability to create Microsoft Office documents as well as work with PDF's. We also have unlimited access to the internet for the research this project involves.