Teachers need help with 'road trip' project

By Audrey Wise

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS, Ill -- Some area 5th graders take a 'trip' each year to apply their classroom knowledge to real life concepts. Now, as the winner of a $1,000 One Class at a Time grant the teachers can take this excursion a little further.

For several years now, the 5th Graders at Peoria Heights Grade School have ended the year with a 'road trip' unit and project.

"It's always fun to pretend that you're going to these exotic places to the beach or to the water parks," said 5th Grade Teacher Lisa Reinholtz.

Students are given a certain amount of money and they have to use their skills to plan and budget for their voyage.

Reinholtz said some of the real life application includes math, "They also have individual money that would be for their food, they're breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It also includes social studies and writing said Reinholtz, "They're writing a journal everyday, so they're creative writing talking about what they do in the car, what they do when they go to visit places."

"They take away real life learning for gas prices, budgeting, packing. They realize where their national parks are. They realize what's free as opposed to what costs the most amount of money," said Polly Greenway.

Greenway nominated her fellow 5th grade teacher after navigating the project together and noticing a lack of supplies to really make the it sail.

"We need more atlases, ours are falling apart, the calculator supply, we need more scrapbooking supplies, we take actual pictures of them at different places around the school," Greenway added.

If they have enough money left after supplies the teachers may even be able to take the students on a real-life sightseeing field trip!