Plan a Vacation Project Based Learning for End of Year – Upper Elementary

Plan a Vacation Project Based Learning for End of Year – Upper Elementary


Plan a Vacation Project Based Learning

⛱ Are you looking for an engaging way to show students how the skills they learn in school apply to real-life scenarios? This Dream Vacation Project Based Learning Activity has everything you need for students to apply their math, social studies, geography, research, reading, and writing skills – all while completing fun and engaging activities. This activity is perfect for the end of the year when students can plan a summer vacation, but its also great for any time you need an engaging and meaningful activity for your class!


✈ In this Dream Vacation PBL, students plan various aspects of a trip to a dream location. Students will:

  • select their destination,
  • apply for travel documents,
  • book transportation,
  • find lodging,
  • budget activities,
  • explore and budget dining options,
  • budget for souvenirs, and
  • create a travel scrapbook & brochure.

Additional “challenge activities” help students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and skills.


✂ Included teacher instructions, student directions, and multiple formats make this resource easy for teachers to administer. This PBL comes in interchangeable printable PDF and Google Slides formats – so it can be used to increase engagement and interest in any classroom.


✚ Students practice mathematics, social studies, geography, research, and writing skills by applying them to the real-life scenario of planning a dream vacation. This resource is suggested for use in fourth through sixth grades. Challenge problems, research scaffolding, and open-ended questions allow for easy adaptation and differentiation to meet most students’ levels.


Key Features:

✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource easy to use in any classroom setting. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so they can be used interchangeably.


✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math, social studies, and ELA skills. Students plan and develop a dream vacation including completing research, making calculations, and writing plans for the trip.


✏️ Differentiation – Three challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high-performing students while making the resource accessible to your on-level and below-level students.


What’s included?

  1. Teacher and Student Directions
  2. Standards Alignment
  3. Where in the World Will You Go? (brainstorm)
  4. Select Your Destination (research)
  5. Destination Geography (geography)
  6. Weather and Climate (science and research)
  7. Travel Documents (real-life role play)
  8. Book Your Transportation (research, budget money)
  9. Book Your Lodging (research, budget money)
  10. Plan Your Itinerary (research, scheduling)
  11. Plan Dining (research, budget money, adding and subtracting)
  12. Purchasing Souvenirs (research, budget money, adding and subtracting)
  13. Packing (critical thinking)
  14. Travel Journal and Brochure (writing)
  15. Challenge #1 Bring a Friend (money, adding and subtracting)
  16. Challenge #2 Detour (money, adding and subtracting)
  17. Challenge #3 Write a Review (opinion writing)
  18. Self Reflection and Rubric


Teachers & Students L❤️VE this PBL:

“My kids loved researching where they wanted to travel to. They were so engaged and learned so much in the process!” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


“My students loved this engaging activity at the end of the year. It was a fun way to review standards that allowed for many choices.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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1 review for Plan a Vacation Project Based Learning for End of Year – Upper Elementary

  1. Mary Zogbi (verified owner)

    My high school essential skills special education students absolutely LOVE this project! We are currently working on it and they are telling their other teachers about what destination they have picked and starting conversations with peers and other staff members about what destinations they would pick and why. They are having so much fun staying within the given budget, and are currently working so hard to potentially propose their vacation ideas to their parents with this project. Some of my students are just excited to do the work in the activity and some are going above and beyond with the budget and detailing all of their work so far. The activity includes different resources for the students to use themselves to complete their research, which has been super helpful. This activity has my students thinking abstractly and critically about all that goes into planning a vacation trip. We did an overview of the entire project together as a class and different students are so excited to do different parts of the project. Everything is either right at their level or is pushing them just enough to learn something new during the process!

    • jonathan

      Hi Mary!

      I’m so happy you and your students are loving this activity so much. Thank you for taking the time to share this amazing review with us!!


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