The Problem
You and a partner have been selected to choose the class trip for next year's fourth grade. The school will only do something that is educational and offers a lot for little money. Your task is to investigate the different trip options, compare the educational offerings and cost, and create a presentation of your findings for the school administration and school board.

You must have data to back up your proposal,
otherwise they won't listen to anything you say!!

The Logistics

  • Students will be paired up but  will NOT be sitting together.
  • They will be using Edmodo & Google Docs to facilitate their collaboration.
  • Goals for this project include improving knowledge of historic sites in Indiana, authentic persuasive writing and and introduction to cloud computing and online collaboration.
  • Indiana learning standards for this project include:

LA: 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.4.7, 4.4.9, 4.4.10, 4.4.11, 4.4.12
Math: 4.7.4, 4.7.5, 4.7.6, 4.7.8
Social Studies: 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.1.9, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3

The Steps
  1. Complete the Excel step sheet to learn how to use excel (one class period).
  2. Create a spreadsheet on Google docs that has mileage for each destination and admission cost (remember, you have to multiply mileage x 2 to go there and back. Admission is usually per attention). (4 class periods)
  3. Create graphs of all your data so you can analyze it & come to a conclusion. and complete a persuasive pre-write for your trip presentation. (one class period)
  4. Complete the Power Point step sheet to learn how to use Power Point (one class period).
  5. Create a persuasive presentation to show the administrators and board. (one class period)

***As students complete the "how to" step sheets, they need to submit a finished sample of their work through Edmodo to go to the next step. 

Hints for smoother traveling...

  • tackle one destination at a time with your partner
  • communicate often, and make it meaningful ( not about what you're doing this weekend or what you did after school yesterday)
  • use your time effectively; if you are having trouble finding something, move on and come back to the item when the rest of the items are finished.
  • do not ask for help until you have looked at the problem from 1,427 different perspectives (you are doing this project, not the teacher)