## Lesson Plan

# Budgeting for a Trip

Students use real-world prices to budget round-trip vacations to various destinations.

- Grades: 6–8
- Unit Plan:

### Overview

Students will use the provided information to plan and calculate a round-trip vacation.

### Objective

**Students will:**

- Develop a budget for a trip, while working within defined parameters.
- Estimate distances and costs.
- Substantiate appropriate methods of calculations.

### Materials

- Project Outline Sheet (PDF), one per student
- Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF), one per student
- Atlases and road maps
- Calculators, one per student
**Optional:**Overheard project and a transparency copy of the Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF) or an interactive whiteboard

### Set Up and Prepare

- Make copies of Project Outline Sheets (PDF) and Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF) for the class.
- Prepare a list of 6 resort locations ranging in distance from approximately 700 to 2000 miles one way from your location.
- Provide students with the mileage one way to these 6 destinations.
- Gather atlases, road maps, and any other useful travel resources for class use.
**Optional:**Make a transparency copy of Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF) for overhead display.

### Directions

**Step 1: **Distribute one of each handout to the students: Project Outline Sheets (PDF) and Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF).

**Step 2: **Review the project information with the class.

**Step 3: **Model a completion of the Calculating Vacation Costs worksheet. It may be helpful to copy a sheet onto an overhead transparency or use an interactive whiteboard.

**Step 4: **Allow two class periods for students to complete the activity.

**Step 5: **Students should submit their completed Calculating Vacation Costs worksheets for a grade.

### Supporting All Learners

- Students who struggle with the math concepts in this lesson may work with a partner
- ESL students may complete work in their first language

### Lesson Extensions

Alternate trips can be calculated by giving the students other guidelines to follow. Example: With $500 gas money, plan a round-trip from your hometown to as many National Parks, State Parks, and State Capitals as possible. Atlases, maps, state brochures, and other resources will be needed.

### Home Connection

Students are encouraged to take this project home and request a parent to check their calculations.

### Assignments

- Following instructions and using the resources and information provided, students complete a budget for a vacation.
- Students hand in a completed Calculating Vacation Costs worksheet for a grade.

### Evaluation

- Does the quality of the work show understanding and enthusiasm for the project?
- Can you think of any other information that would assist the student?
- Does the rubric fairly assess the project?

### Reproducibles

### Assess Students

- Subjects:Cooperation and Teamwork, Charts and Graphs, Data Analysis, Money, Real-World Math, Class Projects, Travel and Vacations, Teacher Tips and Strategies
- Skills:Charts and Graphs, Maps, Research Skills
- Duration:2 Class Periods