Where to Go for Spring Break?
West Virginia Georgia New York City Florida
by Beth Serodino for EDUC 575
Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits
Your group has a certain amount of money that it can spend going on a trip during spring break. It needs to be fun and exciting so that others will want to go, as well. The trip will be for 6 days and 5 nights. It is up to the group to work together to decide the details. Where will you go? How will you get there? Where will you stay? What will you need to bring? What will you do? How much money per day will you need? What educational value does your trip provide?
Use the Internet to look up and collect information about the various spring break choices you have been given. Divide up tasks to be done among each member. Research options, then present the findings to the group to compare the details and make a final destination decision. Then the group will work out the details of their trip. Your group will create a poster with pictures and information for a presentation and complete the budget form.
Purpose: This WebQuest is designed for fifth graders to work in cooperative groups of four members per group searching the internet for information in order to plan a trip within each group's budget. Budgets will be randomly given out by the teacher to each group in varying amounts (from $500.00 to $5,000.00 per group) to promote creativity in planning.
Preceding and Ensuing Events: The students will have been introduced to the computer and instructed in searching for information on the internet. They will have the math skills to stay within their fictitious budgets. They will learn how to use keywords to search through a vast amount of information to discern what information they actually need.
Debriefing: The students will benefit from working together as a group, breaking up the necessary tasks amongst themselves to search, so as to get the information they need in a timely manner. They will learn about the monetary cost of travel, and use creative ways to save money but still plan for an exciting trip.
Improved or Expanded: This project could be used in an integrated curriculum combining mathematics, social studies, English, fine arts, and science activities in addition to what is required.
Details that you need to know are:
Getting there ...
How will you get there? By airplane or by car?
How much will it cost to get there?
How long will it take to get there?
How much total time will be spent traveling to your destination?
Staying there ...
Where will you stay? Hotel? Youth Hostel? Campground?
How much will this cost?
What will you do while you are there? ...
Florida Georgia West Virginia New York City
What will you need to bring? ...
Special clothing or equipment?
Evaluation will be based on participation in the group; a poster made by the group with pictures, maps, and words telling about your group's destination; and a written form showing your budget and how your group stayed within the budget.
The group will present their poster to the class telling why they chose their spring break destination, and what they would do, and how they would stay within their budget. The posters will then be displayed for everyone to view.
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