Math Road Trip Project

Math Road Trip Project
Math storytelling is essential for connecting math to the real world and helping students problem solve. One project I use with my students involves storytelling with math and helps them with multiplying decimals. I have them choose a vehicle of their choice (dream car) and tell me a story about a road trip they took or would like to take with their family. In the story, they have to tell me how many times they stopped for gas, how long it took to get there, hotel cost, tickets, and food. They also have to tell me the total cost of the trip.For example, I planned a trip to SeaWorld with my family this summer. My husband Chris, daughters Ciara and Camia, Chris Jr, and I piled our luggage into the car at 11:30 a.m. because we wanted to get there by 3:00 p.m. because the tickets we purchased were “Twilight Tickets” for after 3p.m. At the time, SeaWorld was running a promotion so the tickets were $ 39.95 each. Teachers get in free and so did my son C.J. because he is two years old. The total cost of our tickets was 119.85. I don’t require my 6th graders to include the tax.

We only had to fill up twice. Once on our way there and once going back home. It cost us 2.47 per gallon to fill up which is $ 65.80 for the first trip. The trip home was a little more expensive because we went to a different gas station which cost us 2.37 per gallon and came up to $ 66.25. From my house to SeaWorld is a total of 200.64 miles. We had enough gas to get to SeaWorld and from SeaWorld to the hotel. I tell my students to use MapQuest to determine the total number of miles from their house to their destination. They have to show work when calculating time and miles per hour as well as miles per gallon and the number of gallons their car can hold.
With a full tank of gas, my Ford Expedition can travel 392 miles. This is the reason we did not have to fill up again. We drove at a speed of 70 mph and have to travel for 200.64 miles. To calculate the time we first dive 200.64 by 70 mph which is 2.86. So it took us close to 3 hours to get to SeaWorld. We purchased an all day dining deal for the kids that was $ 14.95. C.J. ate from their plate. This was a great deal because they could eat and drink whatever they wanted at diners who participated in the deal. Chris and I brought a sub and drinks from home. We left around 9pm and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. In the morning, we woke up and ate a complimentary breakfast provided free before leaving. We filled up our tank and was headed back home. The kids had a blast. It was Chris’s and my first time at SeaWorld. We enjoyed ourselves as well. The Shamu show was our favorite.

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RV Road Trip

RV Road Trip

There are any number of ways to see the USA. An RV road trip is one way you might want to consider.

Americans love their road trips…. and our foreign friends seem to like them pretty well too when they visit. Much of the U.S. is easier to see by road than by using buses or trains.

A rental car has usually been our vehicle of choice when we take road trips far from home, but recreational vehicles are also an option. There are plenty of places that rent RVs for a week or a month.

You may find these recreational vehicles called RVs or motor homes. Outside of the U.S. they are often called caravans. Whatever you call them, they are self-contained accommodations on wheels complete with beds, kitchen, toilet and shower.

Until recently we had never considered an RV road trip for a number of reasons. The top two reasons are that RVs don’t get good gas milage, and if you don’t own one, they are a little expensive to rent. Then we had the opportunity to take an RV road trip with friends, and we saw the positive side of this kind of travel.

In the U.S RVs come in sizes from a little bigger than van size to really large, so you have to consider that you will be driving a vehicle bigger than what you’re used to…. maybe lots bigger.

We discovered that this was not quite as limiting as we thought. Most attractions and stores have parking lots that accommodate even the largest “rig”. You have to watch height limitations at gas stations and road underpasses, and narrow lanes can be intimidating… but once you’re used to it, you will travel just as quickly in an RV as you will in a car.

Stopping for the night is not a problem. There are RV parks all over the country, and many county, city, and National Parks have spaces for recreational vehicles, so there is no problem finding a place to park for the night. There are even some large store chains that allow you to spend the night in their parking lots… though that is not really a very scenic option.

You need to learn a few things about full hook-ups and partial hook-ups for the night, but your rental agent will give you the basics you need… and people you meet in RV parks are friendly and helpful. There are plenty of websites specifically about the RV experience and RV road trips where you can find lots of information if you’re interested in trying it once.

One nice thing about this kind of travel is that once you’ve got your RV set up, you have your clothes and food with you all the time. No need to go finding restaurants…. though you could if you didn’t want to cook. You will meet lots of friendly travelers…. people in RV parks seem to like to talk to each other and share their experiences.

You might even find that it doesn’t cost you any more than a rental car and hotels or motels along the road, and you might find an RV road trip a whole new kind of adventure that you like.

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On a Road Trip

On a Road Trip

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, my family used to take every opportunity to hop in the car and go visit new places. My father was a master road trip planner and he would take care of every detail including of course the dreadful early (very early) start. I can’t tell you how many beautiful, tropical sunrises I saw through the window of our family SUV.

As a kid, I barely knew where we were going, and I don’t recall ever asking the “are we there yet” question. I used to love the ride, the different scenery and to feel the wind blowing on my face.

Now as an adult, I still love packing my stuff and heading to a new destination and driving for miles away. The big difference is that now I am the one on the driver’s seat making the decisions and the preparations for the trip. Both responsibility and opportunity come with this new role. And I love it! Now I get to go where I want, when I want, stop whenever I feel like it and design the trip I want to take. Yes, it is quite a bit more work than napping on the back seat of the car, but it is my time now and I wouldn’t change it for a second.

Road trips are excellent metaphors for life in general! As we journey through this world, our lives move from one destination to another with several different pit stops, missing turns, bumps on the road, beautiful landscapes, great company and sometimes even car issues. The question is: on our personal life “road trip”, where in the car are we going for the ride?

Back seat
Kids are usually the ones riding on the back seat. They never take charge of the wheel and they take very little responsibility for the trip, if any. Most of the time they don’t even know where they are and have very little control over the place where they are going. But, it is an easy ride and if anything goes wrong, it is certainly not their fault. On the other hand, they never get to go on a trip of their own and live their own true personal adventure.

If you are sitting on the back seat of your life, you feel like you have no power and no personal direction. Yet another day goes by and your dreams and purpose begin to turn into wishful thinking. Maybe one day, if you get lucky, life will take you to where you really want to be. The convenience of this position is that if anything goes wrong and life takes an unexpected turn, it is easy to pass the blame to somebody else. You are not in charge so therefore it can’t be any of your fault, correct? Meanwhile, life is passing by — sometimes complacent, sometimes fun, most of the time aimless.

Passenger seat
If you are on the passenger seat you have a closer look of the road and direct contact with the driver. You may be able to give suggestions about the ride, but ultimately it is the driver who makes the final decisions. It may be that you don’t know how to drive or perhaps you don’t have the courage to do it. In any case, someone else is in charge and you are following his lead.

Sitting on the passenger seat of your life road trip means you are living a life that somebody else has designed for you — not your own. You are only the co-pilot and your personal goals are secondary or even forgotten. Your life is focused on what someone else wants for you or taught you to be. Not based on your own inner values.

Driver’s seat
The driver is in full control of the car. He maneuvers it to the direction that he wants to go and makes the decisions to stop, go faster, take a short cut or simply cruise along. The driver must be focused and he responds and adjusts the car to the conditions of the road, its layout and the unexpected bumps and potholes. Most importantly, this is his ride and he takes the car to the destination of his choice.

When you take the role of the driver in your life, you are the one in charge. You are the one that sets your goals and chooses your way. It is you who make your own choices and you design your life trip based on your own true purpose. If something goes wrong, you don’t blame somebody else. Instead, you learn, you correct it, you adjust and especially, you keep moving. To be in this position you must be willing and able to take responsibility and be ready to make decisions. Best of all, you know that the trip is truly yours and only for you to take.

Where are you on the road trip of your life? Are you letting life just pass you by? Are you letting other people take the lead and steer you in the direction that they want you to go? Or are you ready to take charge, set your own goals and design your own true journey? As a coach, I work with individuals who are ready to sit on the driver’s seat and take the steps to move their lives guided by their own true purpose. They may not know exactly how to do it and how to create this road trip for themselves. They may have lots of doubts and hurdles to overcome. But somehow inside of them, they know they must and that it is possible. They are also not afraid to ask for help, support, inspiration and accountability. And that is why they come to work with a coach. They know that the trip is going to be much more enjoyable, successful and effective when they bring along someone who knows how to bring the best out of who they are.

Are you ready to take the trip of your life? Let’s start packing now!

Elias Scultori is a personal and professional coach supporting individuals who are ready to make positive choices out of ordinary and even difficult situations. He conducts both individual and group sessions over the phone and in person, and customizes each coaching plan to meet his client’s needs. Are you ready for your best life yet? To find out more go to

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Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

The Joys of summer – Piling into the car with the kids and happily setting off for the beach, or camping trip. Sure the setting off is happy, but the ride itself can get tedious, noisy, and sometimes downright unpleasant. Let us take a look at some ways of approaching the family road trip to make it a pleasant experience for all.

First, let us keep in mind that much of this is age dependent. So, let us address first the family with kids under 12. Then we will talk about older families, and finally, a couple of points just for the adults.

My experience has taught me, that if you have little kids, the best thing to do is to leave really, really early in the morning. That way, you get a few good hours of sleep out and a quiet start to the trip. Dress them in their traveling clothes the night before and tuck them into the car, belt em up and hit the road. For winter trips, it goes without saying that you should warm the car up first so they will be comfortable right away.

Next thing, when you do need to stop, do not go to one of those big roadside stops. Pick a quiet rest stop, and provide your own refreshments from your car refrigerator. The good thing about the quieter rest stops is it provides a more relaxed atmosphere for the kids to run around some before getting back in the car for the next leg of the journey.

There are some great car cooler products on the market today, in particular 12 volt cooler just like having a fridge in your truck or camper. These 12 volt appliances everything from portable food warmer to popcorn makers can give you the conveniences of fresh food on the road, without the crowds at busy rest stops. Pack your own 12 v products, and road trip happily ever after.

I personally love making my own coffee on the road nice and fresh without any lines to wait in. With a 12 volt extension cord, you can make the coffee on a picnic bench near the car.

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