## 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:**Brochures for hotels and attractions**Optional:**Projector for displaying the worksheets

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:**Scan a copy of Calculating Vacation Costs (PDF) to project.

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. If desired, project the scanned version and complete together as a class.

**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:Logic and Problem Solving, Real-World Math, Financial Literacy, Travel and Vacations
- Skills:Maps, Reference Sources
- Duration:2 Class Periods