Digital Travel Brochure

Develop students’ knowledge of the world and fire their enthusiasm for geography through this exciting project.

7 - 12 yrs Geography 4 - 5 wks

Summary

This Biteslide unit of work gives students the opportunity to put their research, group work and presentation skills into practice, working in teams to create an interactive travel brochure for a North American city.

Starter activity

Ask the students to talk in pairs or groups about a holiday or exciting day trip they’ve been on.

  • How did they decide where to go?
  • Where did they find information about their destination?
  • What information did they want to know before they set off?

Main activities

  1. Show the students the ready-made project book for New York. Give the children time to explore it in pairs, investigating the content and following the links. To focus this activity, ask the students to consider:

    • What is the purpose of each slide?
    • What information does it give the reader?
    • What elements do each slide use to contain to make them informative, easy to use, and attractive?
    • How effective is the New York travel brochure?
    • Does it make them want to go there?

  2. Explain to the children that they are going to work in small groups to make an interactive travel brochure for another North American city. Once the children are divided into groups, they can spend some time using Google Earth or Google Maps, alongside their existing knowledge, to choose a city.
  3. Students can work independently to research and create their own travel brochure.

Assessment criteria

  1. Well researched
  2. Factually accurate
  3. Easy to understand
  4. Attractively designed

Sharing projects

Once the projects are completed, the students can be given time to look at and feedback on each other’s brochures. This might simply take the form of leaving comments, or the class could each decide which city they’d most like to visit based on the projects.

Extending your project

  1. Once all of the projects are completed, the class could hold travel awards, where winners are decided in categories such as ‘best designed brochure’, ‘most persuasive brochure’, or ‘most exciting city’.
  2. The students could use each other’s brochures and online resources to plan a holiday taking in several cities. They could design an itinery and use travel sites to cost their trip. Older children could be given a budget which they have to meet.

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US Core Standards
  • Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
  • Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
English National Curriculum

21st Century Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Digital citizenship