Best [Michigan/Region/U.S./Worldwide] Vacation

Best [Michigan/Region/U.S./Worldwide] Vacation
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Time Frame:
How long will the activity/lesson/project take?
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Grabber - Slideshow of Michigan landmarks, geography, attractions, etc.

Brainstorm with Inspiration – Think-Pair-Share
  • What makes a good vacation? (from kid perspective, siblings perspective, parents perspective)

Teams will peruse a set of links to 8-10 possible Michigan destinations.

Team Decision on Criteria (top 3-4)
  • Teams choose 3-5 criteria to score the possible destinations

Team Research
  • Read/browse information on top sites (each participant can select at least 1, team should select at least 4)
  • Gather information to fill in matrix (based on discussion of what makes a good vacation)

Team Decision Making
  • Team decides how to select their vacation destination (what if they all agree, what if there is not complete agreement)
  • Team selects their vacation destination and lists their reasons in bullet form

Team Communication
  • Whole-group: Brainstorm how teams might communicate their selection and reasoning using the tools the teams have used for the last 2 days.
  • Teams use tools (which ones?- we talked about using flips, digitals & audio) to describe their vacation, making sure to explain how they made their decision.
  • Teams also create a commercial/advertisement for their locale (video, billboard or radio ads).

  • In pairs, students “read” other team’s choices and comment on at least 2.
  • Individually – using a forum or blog, students comment on the process and product of their team’s day. (This could be where we introduce the Reflection sheet I made for Engage.
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
How will you assess the students learning?
Please identify opportunities for differentiation.
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


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