Budgeting for a Trip
Students use real-world prices to budget round-trip vacations to various destinations.
- Grades: 6–8
- Unit Plan:
Students will use the provided information to plan and calculate a round-trip vacation.
- Develop a budget for a trip, while working within defined parameters.
- Estimate distances and costs.
- Substantiate appropriate methods of calculations.
- 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.
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
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.
Students are encouraged to take this project home and request a parent to check their calculations.
- 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.
- 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?
Sample Rubric for Scoring the Calculating Vacation Worksheet
40 points — Outstanding
- Shows an appropriate method that supports the calculation of the costs of a fully developed vacation. Shows that they used the majority of the budgeted money without going over the limit.
30 points — Proficient
- Shows an appropriate method that supports the calculation of the costs of a fully developed vacation. Clearly shows that they stayed within the budget.
20 points — Emergent
- Part of the task is accomplished, but neither the total cost nor the method for calculation accomplishes the whole task.
10 points — Attempted
- It is evident that the student engaged in the task, but the task was misconceived.
0 points — Off task or no attempt
- Task is either left unfinished or never started.