Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

Travel

Writing Prompt

Description:

Ask students if they could travel to anywhere, where would they go? Then have them write a description of their ideal place to visit.

Activities

Grades K–3: Art
Travel and Camping Coloring Pages

Have your children color a travel or camping picture and make up a story to go with it.

Grades K–4
Camping Food

These recipes are great for camping or for special treats at home.

Grades K–5: Science
What Bugs You?

Most camping trips involve meeting up with some of nature's pesky bugs and insects. They have many names. Have children learn more about insects by coloring pictures of them. Then on a camping trip, see how many insects children can identify.

Grades K–8: Language Arts
I Saw It First!

Stuck on a plane for hours? How can you entertain the kids? One way is to have an airplane scavenger hunt. Each person looks for specific items on the plane. For every one they find, they get a small treat. Or you can play using points.

Grades 1–2: Language Arts
B-I-N-G-O

Long car trips require something fun for kids to do, and auto “Bingo” is just the game. Mark off the kinds of cars you see on the road, and the first person with a Bingo match wins!

Grades 1–4: Art
Frame It

With materials found at most campsites, kids can make a simple, rustic picture frame from twigs. After kids return home from vacation and pictures are developed, they can complete the frame by adding a favorite picture.

Grades 1–6: Language Arts
Car Bingo

Time will go more quickly on long-distance car trips with a good game of Car Bingo. Before you go, print out these cards. Then have children keep track of objects as you travel. The first child who can connect three boxes in a straight line wins.

  • (1 of 4) Car Bingo
  • http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/coloringpages/view.php?contentId=10362
  • (2 of 4) Car Bingo
  • http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/coloringpages/view.php?contentId=10365
  • (3 of 4) Car Bingo
  • http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/coloringpages/view.php?contentId=10368
  • (4 of 4) Car Bingo
  • http://www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/coloringpages/view.php?contentId=10371
Grades 1–8: Language Arts
Scrambles

Can your students unscramble these fun travel words?

Grades 2–4: Language Arts
Camping Safety Poster

Go over these safety tips with your children. Then have them choose one tip and design a safety poster.

Grades 2–4
Travel Tic Tac Toe

Before your next long car trip, have your children make a car-safe tic-tac-toe board.

Grades 2–6: Social Studies
Landmark Stamps

Stamps often feature historic or scenic places. Have your students design a stamp showing a landmark they have visited recently or one they would like to visit.

Grades 2–8: Language Arts
Word Finds

Have students find words related to camping or travel hidden in a puzzle.

  • Camping (grades 2–3) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/camping_easy_wf.pdf
  • Camping Answer Key (grades 2–3) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/camping_easy_wf_key.pdf
  • Camping (grades 4–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/camping_hard_wf.pdf
  • Camping Answer Key (grades 4–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/camping_hard_wf_key.pdf
  • Travel (grades 2–3) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_easy_wf.pdf
  • Travel Answer Key (grades 2–3) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_easy_wf_key.pdf
  • Travel (grades 4–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_hard_wf.pdf
  • Travel Answer Key (grades 4–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_hard_wf_key.pdf
Grades 3–6: Social Studies
Map It

In this activity kids map the route and the highlights of a trip. They then trace the route on a map, identify and locate tourist attractions, and explore the state.

Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Letter from Camp

Children can write to friends back home about a camping trip. Have children use special camping stationery for their letters.

  • Camping Stationery (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/camping_bw_stn.pdf
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Travel Poet

Have kids take words found on billboard ads and write simple poems.

Grades 3–8: Language Arts
My Travel Adventure: The Movie

Trips are full of memorable experiences, some funny, some scary, some exciting. Have students create a movie scene of an experience from a recent trip.

  • Filmstrip (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/pdf/filmstrip.pdf
Grades 3–8: Mathematics/Social Studies
Quizzes

Test students' knowledge about travel.

  • Traveling by the Numbers (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_3-5_quiz.pdf
  • Traveling by the Numbers Answer Key (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_3-5_quiz_key.pdf
  • Travel Talk (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_6-8_quiz.pdf
  • Travel Talk Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/august/pdf/travel_6-8_quiz_key.pdf
Grades 3–8: Language Arts
Travel Wacky Web Tales

Students can create wacky stories about camping and travel by filling in the blanks with parts of speech.

  • The Camping Trip
  • http://www.eduplace.com/tales/content/wwt_032.html
  • Road Trip!
  • http://www.eduplace.com/tales/content/wwt_023.html
Grades 6–8: Social Studies
States of Nature

Can your students find their way to some of the United States' most beautiful places? Challenge them with this National Parks matchup.

Grades 6–8: Social Studies
Where Is That?

Do your students know where to find these historic places? See if they can match these national historic sites, monuments, and memorials to the states where they are located.


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