By the end of this lesson the learner should be able to:
Identify three places of interest to visit on a trip to Washington DC using the internet or printed resources
Create a travel budget to include cost of transportation, lodging, meals and selected attractions using the internet to gather information
Create a five to seven slide PowerPoint presentation to present to classmates either by posting online or oral presentation of one of your selections. Include information one that one selection three interesting facts, cost of the trip and why you like to visit
Students will practice searching for information text on the internet about Washington DC including historical information, perform basic arithmetic functions in planning a budget and prepare power point presentation on facts found on their internet
Relevance to Practice
The learner will gain practical experiences in searching the internet, applying basic arithmetic operations and learning some history about the Nation’s capital. The use of computers to gather, process and display information is an essential skills for personal development, higher education success and employment.
Key Terms and Concepts
- Washington DC
Instructional Activities and Strategies
Time 5 minutes
- Know What Learn activity
Time 5 minutes
Provide a broad overview of using the internet as a tool to find information more readily than printed materials including topics on arithmetic, budget, history and language arts. Provide handouts on performing an internet search, using a computer and steps to developing a PowerPoint presentation.
Presentations / Demonstrations / Modeling
Time 15 minutes
The student will sit in front of a computer, laptop or notebook device and perform an internet search of Washington DC. The student will demonstrate their understanding of using one of several search engines to locate three places of interest in Washington DC. Basic arithmetic functions will be explained and demonstrated to students in a worksheet activity. The students will model their understanding of arithmetic operations by developing a travel budget to include transportation, lodging, entertainment, food and attractions to Washington DC. The budget amount is $3,000.
The learner will prepare a five to seven slide Powerpoint presentation providing written information about one of the sites chosen to visit on their trip. The student is to list three interesting facts in complete sentence and prepare a slide on the cost of the trip listing each item.
Time 5 minutes
The learner will share their power point presentation with either their peers in a classroom discussion. An alternative assessment, the slide presentation can be posted online and the students receive engage in online feedback from fellow classmates, friends or family explaining the value arithmetic has in preparing a budgets.
Arithmetic is useful for budgeting food, housing, travel, clothing and various consumer cost. Using the computer and performing internet searches is practical for finding informational text on various topics including history, mathematics and developing a visual presentation
Primary Learning Objectives: (a) perform an internet search to gather information using one of the popular search engines, (b) plan a travel budget (c) practice arithmetic skills addition, subtraction and percent associated with travel budget, and (c) prepare a 5-7 slide PowerPoint presentation
Additional Learning Objective(s): Discover interesting places to visit in Washington DC, plan a travel budget using basic arithmetic problems
Duration 30-45 minutes
Materials and Equipment
Computer, travel books (optional), paper, pen, and calculator (optional)
Procedures/Activities / Warm Up
What do you know or heard about Washington DC and if you have not been there before what the experiences what you like to discover? Is the internet a good tool for finding information about Washington DC or would a travel guide be useful?
Have students turn on computer and click on Internet Explorer or any other search engine field and type in place to visit in Washington DC.
How to search the internet with pictures
Locate three places to visit in Washington and write down.
Perform an airline or Amtrak train fare search on the internet. Compare the highest fares from the lowest fare. Fares are located on Delta, American, Southwest, Jet Blue or Expedia.com Subtract the highest fare found on your search from the lowest airfare. How much is the savings? __________
Choose one of the fares to include on your budget sheet and your slide presentation. Write down your chosen fare on a piece of paper or in the column at end of this sheet. Listing the item in one column and the price in the second column on the bottom of your worksheet.
Search for lodging on the internet. This can be hotel, motel, friends or hostel. Write down the cost of your lodging on your list with item in one column and price in the second column
Cost one meal for the day by locating a food menu on the internet. Hint: McDonald’s counts but try to find another chain or unfamiliar food establishment. Write down the cost of your meal? __________
Suppose on your particular day to eat at your chosen establishment there is a 25 percent discount on the meal if you dine between 3 pm to 5 pm. What is the meal cost? _________
Decide what amount of money you want to budget on souvenirs and list? __________
1. Transportation __________
2. Lodging __________
3. Food __________
4. Souvenirs __________
Subtract the $3000 minus your tabulated cost from above. $3000 -- __________= ___________
Are you over or under budget? _________________
Locate the PowerPoint selection in the program menu. Selecting a background is optional.
Make slides of the one place selected to visit including the cost of the entire trip. List three facts in complete sentence about the place you choose the visit. Students have the option to present what is learned to other classmates or post online.
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