Plan a Vacation Unit Study
The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Arthur's Family Vacation by Marc Brown
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo - A Whirlwind Vacation by Nancy Krulik
Molly's Route 66 Adventure (American Girls Collection) by Dottie Raymer
Before beginning this unit, you should choose two or three possible vacation sites and order free travel information from those areas. (You could have child write a letter, or use the phone to request the materials.) You should also determine the budget your children need to stay within.
Have children look through travel information. For each possible destination, have them make a list of the things they would enjoy doing. Add in the things the adults want to do and then narrow the lists down to what can be done in your allotted vacation time.
Trace route on a map and determine how long it will take to get to each location. Figure the estimated gas costs. Look for stopping places along the way.
Research possible lodgings to decide where to stay. Estimate your daily meal expenses.
Fill in the vacation planning chart for each possible destination.
Make adjustments to stay within your budget.
Make a chart for each possible destination. Figure the percentage of the total cost that meals, activities, lodging, etc will cost and put it into a pie graph.
Look for reviews about the places you want to visit.
Make a family decision about your vacation destination.