Monday, August 19, 2013

Travel Journals

I thought this was a fitting post, as I am on vacation right now....  My calm before the storm before going back to school.  It's less than an ideal time to vacation... with my room a mess and all... BUT, I am going to try my hardest to relax and enjoy time with my family.  

We went on a long road trip this summer.  It was the first time that we've driven somewhere far, instead of flying.  Surprisingly my kids did well!  Lots of movies, breaks and I took along my Travel Journal that I give out to my students when they go on trips during the year.  The surprising part was that my usually unmotivated child, got out the papers without me even telling him to in the car!  He LOVED car counting and was determined to find 100 total cars on the trip (of course, he promptly stopped after that)

After we got home, I had him create the pages for each day, instead of doing it while we were there.  We had enough melt downs on vacation, we certainly didn't need more because mom was being a teacher!  heehee :)  He also did other "reading" pages that you'll see below.

Here's some samples of his "work."  Use your imagination for more detailed pictures and more writing for those older students and those students who go above and beyond.  ;)

"Fun" pages---with a Reading or Math Twist!  (there were other pages in this packet, but I think I'm showing you quite enough.  I don't want to bore you!)


Days 1-10 for students to write about each day.  They can draw a picture or even attach a photo!

What is the coolest place you've ever traveled to?  There are lots of places I would love to visit, but the coolest place I've visited would have to be Aruba.  The hubs and I went there on our honeymoon.  My loved the beach and the divi trees (I think that's what they were called?!?!  It's been too long) The trees actually grew sideways/were leaning because there's always a breeze there.  A not-so-good part:  They had this breathtaking "natural bridge" that was made of stone over part of the ocean... I remember walking across thinking about how unsafe it felt.... years later it crumbled!  YIKES!

Comment below and when I return I'll pick a winner to try my Travel Journal out with their students!


  1. The coolest place I've been to is Maldives! You literally see fish swimming underneath your feet without even putting your entire body into the water!

  2. I went to Angkor Wat. Not much for climbing, but I made it to the top and then realized there was the small issue of getting down. (Much like a cat up a tree...easier going up than down!) And my size 9 feet had to be placed at a 90º angle to fit on the stairs.

    Love this journal, as I am always getting the kids who hand me a note saying they are going to be gone for a week. Starting tomorrow. And I get the note at dismissal time! With this I could literally press 'print', staple and hand it to the kid before the bus left. Can you feel my need to win yet?

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  3. I just got back from Moab, UT and it was pretty amazing!! I got to see dinosaur foot prints! I love the idea of this journal.. perfect for those times you get an email that says "oh by the way we will be gone for two weeks! can we have work to make up?"
    aconnolly1216 at gmail dot com

  4. This is such a great idea. My students are always traveling during the year for various things it seems. I'd love to send them off with something fun yet educational too. I think the coolest place I've ever traveled to was Paris for spring break of my HS senior year. My friend had moved there a year before so I went to visit her and we had the best time exploring Paris together. Enjoy your vacation!

  5. Love this! Thanks for sharing about your trip and I loved seeing your son working too :) My daughter is starting K this year and I am afraid that I won't know how to handle the "mommy/teacher" role very well. Looks like you have it down! I also always have students who are lucky enough to go on extended vacations during the school year and our district has a policy of not handing out work prior to the absence, so something like this would be perfect!


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