Travel Fever

Want a fun way to explore social studies and writing? Why not consider travel journals?
 
I'm always looking for an engaging social studies lesson to teach and this also brings aboard writing journals! Check out these engaging travel journals that will motivate your students to learn about geography!
 
So how do travel journals work? Each student would need a composition book. At the beginning of the year, each student glues this travel journal sheet (downloadable FREE below) to the cover with directions for the receiver. Students will need to fill in their name, their school’s address (not their home!) and the date it should be returned by. Then we place it in a large manila envelope and mail it to a relative in another state. (This can be done in school or sent home with parents and ask them to mail it. I personally always covered the cost but I always spend more of my own money than I should!)
 
Click here to download a FREE copy of my travel journals instruction sheet!

 

When the relative in the other state receives it, they respond in the notebook on the next empty page telling a little about themselves and their area. They can include pictures, souvenirs or any other item they would like. Then they will mail the notebook to someone else they know in another state, while mailing a postcard back to our school for the student of that travel journal.

When a postcard comes in the mail, I always have the student share what the postcard said and write a thank you card to mail back. We discuss the location of where the postcard came from. Then I copy both sides and attach it to our class bulletin board of the United States.

I'm always looking for an engaging social studies lesson to teach and this also brings aboard writing journals! Check out these engaging travel journals that will motivate your students to learn about geography!
Toward the end of the year, students enjoy reading their travel journals that are filled with lots of fun information from its travels!

 

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    This Post Has 4 Comments

      1. Tammy

        Thank you! 🙂

    1. Julie Horn

      I can’t wait to use this with my 5th graders. I have several that are from Mexico. Do you have this letter written in spanish?

      Thanks so much!

      1. Tammy

        I’m sorry, I do not. 🙁

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