US Geography Plan a Road Trip Project Based Learning - PBL - PDF Version

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The best of project-based learning, your students plan a road trip using math, writing, and their knowledge of U.S. geography!  Students love this Social Studies project where they budget and plan a two-week vacation including food, lodging, gas, and attractions.

Critical thinking skills and creativity abound as students map out their route across the USA and decide where and how they want to spend their money.

US Geography Plan a Road Trip Project Based Learning | PBL includes:

  • Essential Questions
  • Objectives and Common Core Standards
  • Teacher Directions with pictures 
  • Student Directions
  • Trip brainstorming Pages
  • Maps
  • What Does it Cost? planning pages
  • Culminating projects with graphic organizers
  • Answer keys
  • Rubrics to use as benchmarks or for feedback

Optional activities which can be used for differentiation:

★ Write a newspaper column

★ Create a brochure for a site

★ Write a review of a site you didn't visit and why

★ Create a 3D representation of a part of the country

★ Compare and Contrast sites visited

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Total Pages
45 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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