So it’s finally the end of the year! We have learned all the standards, and now we need to figure out what we are going to do with the kids to keep them engaged. Well, let’s plan a summer vacation! This math project is a great cooperative activity to get your kids excited about doing math.
How it Works
This math activity is great to do in groups of 3 to 4 kids. A group of students will get a city and a budget sheet to plan a vacation for themselves and a friend. They must pick their flight, car rental, hotel, activities, and food while they are on vacation. They must do all the activities while staying under their budget of $2500.
It is awesome to see all the kids working together. Each child has a job so that they stay engaged. There is a mathematician that does the calculating, the recorder that writes on the budget sheet, and the checker that checks all the calculations. There are also other jobs that can be added if there are more students in a group.
My students really enjoyed this activity. We spent 2 class periods working on the budget. It took approximately 90 minutes. These were 3rd-grade students, so older students might not take as long. I am attaching a sample of the project. You can try it out by clicking on the picture below.
If you like the sample you can purchase the full Plan a Vacation activity with all 7 cities at my store or by clicking on the picture below. It also includes a digital version that you can use with Google Classroom.
Good luck with the end of the school year. Let me know if you tried this project with your students.