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Fun, Sun, and Hurricanes?

By Sandra Baird
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"How does the climate and geography affect the way people live and work in the Southeast?"


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Trip to Disneyworld in Orlando

Instructional Time: 45 minutes a day for 4 days

Congratulations! You and your classmates have worked so hard on this project that you are going to Orlando, Florida. You will have 7 days for you trip.
Students will be given a $5000.00 budget for each group of 4 people. The group will include a parent and 3 students. Groups will be assigned.
Your group will have to keep a written record of your expenses. The categories are: food, automobile expenses, hotel accommodations, admission expenses, and miscellaneous expenses. During your trip you will consider the following: car rental, gasoline $1.50/gallon, hotel accommodations, food expense of $25/day per person, and Disneyworld admission.
Good luck and have fun!
Use the travel budget to keep up with your trip.

Kenosha Unified School District Academic Content Standards
Grade 4
Problem Solving
MA.4.6. Uses a variety of strategies in the problem-solving process.
MA.4.6.A. Applies a problem solving process (e.g., problem, data, use mathematics, check).
Information Literacy
Grade 4
Information Seeking
IL.4.1. Knows how to define the problem and identify the information need.
IL.4.1.A. Recognizes situations where information is needed to resolve a specific problem or question.
IL.4.1.B. Determines what information is already known about the problem or question.
IL.4.1.C. Determines what additional information is neede.
IL.4.1.D. Determines a specific focus or topic for the information search.
IL.4.2. Knows how to use a formal information seeking process.
IL.4.2.A. Identifies possible sources of information including print, non-print, electronic or human resources.
IL.4.3. Knows how to locate sources and find information within those sources.
IL.4.3.E. Uses the Internet to locate information.
IL.4.3.F. Uses print and electronic resources such as an encyclopedia, dictionary, almanac and atlas.
Evaluate and Interpret
IL.4.5. Knows how to record, organize and interpret selected information.
IL.4.5.A. Takes notes or records information in own words using manual or electronic tools (e.g., notecards, encyclopedia, notepads).
IL.4.5.D. Draws conclusions based on the information gathered.
Instructional Technology
Grade 3-5
Research and Communication Tools
IT.3-5.5. Knows how to use technology to access and transmit information.
IT.3-5.5.D. Accesses information from the Internet using a Web browser.

1.Enterprise Car RentalWeb SiteHardware:
LCD Projection Device
2.Map QuestWeb SiteHardware:
LCD Projection Device
3.Avis Car RentalWeb SiteHardware:
LCD Projection Device
4.Hertz Car RentalWeb SiteHardware:
LCD Projection Device
5.Walt Disney WorldWeb SiteHardware:
LCD Projection Device
6.TravelBudget HandoutHandoutHardware:

7.Travel Budget HandoutHandoutHardware:
Internet Access

8.Student Directions to DisneyHandoutStudent directions...Disney.cwk
9.Expedia Web SightWeb Site
10.Travelocity Web SiteWeb Site
11.HotelsWeb Site

Method of Checking for Understanding:
Student Work