Here, There, Everywhere: The Geography of Travel

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Hospitality and Tourism

    Course : Travel and Tourism Management

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student gains academic knowledge and skills required to pursue the full range of career and postsecondary education opportunities within the travel and tourism industry. The student is expected to:
      • (A) organize oral and written information
      • (B) compose a variety of written documents such as agendas, thank you letters, presentations and advertisements
      • (C) deliver different types of presentations such as informative, instructional, persuasive and decision-making
      • (E) investigate the elements of geography that affect travel and tourism customer service
    • (2) The student uses oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing and interpreting information and ideas, including technical terminology and information. The student is expected to:
      • (C) develop and deliver presentations using appropriate technology to engage and inform audiences
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • identify the elements of geography that affect travel and tourism
    • recognize grid lines on a globe
    • identify the continents and countries from around the world
    • create a multi-media presentation about a country
    • understand how geography is important to travel and tourism
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Can you name the seven continents of the world? Could you find Nigeria on a map? Why is geography important in the travel and tourism industry? Important questions to answer before we can provide customers with travel information. We are going to identify the continents and countries that people visit the most as we learn how geography will enhance our careers.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Four 45 minutes lessons

  • Word Wall

    Equator: An imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles, dividing the earth into northern and southern hemispheres and constituting the parallel of latitude 0°

    Hemispheres: A half of the earth, usually as divided into northern and southern halves by the equator, or into western and eastern halves by an imaginary line passing through the poles

    International date line: An imaginary line that goes north and south through the Pacific Ocean, one day is on the east side of the line and the following day is on the west side

    Latitude lines: The angular distance of a place north or south of the earth’s equator, or of a celestial object north or south of the celestial equator, usually expressed in degrees and minutes

    Longitude lines: The angular distance of a place east or west of the meridian at Greenwich, England, or west of the standard meridian of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes

    Temperature zones: Areas between the Arctic or Antarctic circles and the Tropics – winds blow west to east

    Tropical zones: Regions between approximately 23 degrees north of the equator and 23 degrees south of the equator – wind blow from east to west; most resorts are located in this area

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for PowerPoint™ presentation
    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines)
    • presenter remote

    Materials:

    • cardstock
    • color pencils
    • poster board
    • tape (double-sided)

    Supplies

    • globes (earth)
    • maps (various)
    • puzzle (world and/or United States; if available)

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    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)

  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Display as many items from the Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed tab as you have available on a table in front of the room so that students may view as they enter.

    Print and cut apart the Popular Tourist Countries cards (see All Lesson Attachments tab). These cards will be used in the Independent Practice section.

    Puzzle of the world or United States (if available)
    Prepare a poster board with an outline of the puzzle and display in the front of the classroom.

    Hand a puzzle piece to each student as they walk into the classroom.

    Instruct the students to place their puzzle piece in the correct area using double-sided tape.

    Students may help each other to put the puzzle together.

    Distribute the handout Anticipation Guide: The Geography of Travel (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct students to read each statement and place a check mark to the right of each statement they THINK is true. At the conclusion of the lesson the students will reread each statement and place a check mark to the left of the statements they KNOW are true. They should also provide information that PROVES other statements which are not true.

    Ask students the following questions:

    • Can you identify the seven continents of the world?
    • What country do you think is the most popular country to visit?
    • Do you think it is important for someone working in the travel and tourism industry to know about geography?

    Allow time for answers and discussion.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Select and distribute a handout or graphic organizer from the Instructional Strategies drop down menu in Classroom Essentials or instruct students to take notes in their journal books or on their own paper.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Note-Taking.pdf
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Hospitality-and-Tourism-suitcases-Note-taking.pdf

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Here, There, Everywhere: The Geography of Travel (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and introduce the subject of the effects of geography and customer service in the travel and tourism industry.

    View YouTube™ video:

    • Tour the World – Official Music Video
      Tour the World” is track #1 from Brain Beats 2 – the mnemonic CD that features 13 brilliantly catchy songs to help you remember things you’ve always wanted to learn, but couldn’t.
      https://youtu.be/LZFF8EuaGjM

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • highlight materials for emphasis

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    If you are a BYOD/BYOT campus, students may download a free app for their device from Google Play™ or iTunes™ to label the world map.

    Note: The NASA Outline Maps (see All Lesson Attachments tab) contains 22 blank maps of the continents and countries. Distribute all of them or choose a few of the maps for students to identify. Students may also color the maps with color pencils.

    Distribute the Outline Maps of the World (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct students to identify the continents and countries.

    Distribute the handout Most Popular Countries to Visit (see All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Instruct students to log onto the following website:

    There are more than 192 countries in the world. Students should rank the top 50 most popular countries in order and list the number of annual visitors.

    Remind students that people working in the travel and tourism industry should be familiar with geography to be able to provide quality customer service.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • reduce assignment
    • peer tutoring

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide the class into subgroups of two or three students.

    Place the Popular Tourist Countries cards (see All Lesson Attachments tab) in a basket and allow one member from each group to choose a card.

    Distribute the handout Popular Tourist Countries Presentation (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and explain the details.

    Read the following scenario:

    Your team has been chosen to create a multi-media presentation of a country to present to business leaders who are requiring more information for their finance business. Research reliable websites to locate the information needed.

    Students will create a multi-media presentation for the country chosen and include the following information:

    • Description
    • Language spoken
    • Major cities
    • Points of interest
    • Video

    Distribute the Rubric for Popular Tourist Countries Presentation (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students will understand what is expected.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • encourage participation
    • reduce assignment
    • extended time for assignment
    • work with a peer tutor

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Re-distribute the handout Anticipation Guide: The Geography of Travel from the Anticipatory Set.

    Allow students to re-read each statement and place a check mark by the statements they KNOW are true. They should also provide information that PROVES other statements are not true.

    If time permits, view the YouTube™ video:

    • Tour the States – Official Music Video
      “Tour the States” is track #1 from Brain Beats – the mnemonic CD that features 14 brilliantly catchy songs to help you remember things you’ve always wanted to learn, but couldn’t.
      https://youtu.be/_E2CNZIlVIg

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Students will be assessed with appropriate rubric.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • praise participation
    • opportunity to respond orally

  • References/Resources

    Images:

    • Shutterstock™ images. Photos obtained with subscription.

    Textbooks:

    • Mancini, M. (2013). Access: Introduction to travel and tourism. Clifton Park, NY. Cengage Learning.
    • Reynolds, J. S. & Chase, D. M. (2014). Hospitality services. Tinley-Park, Illinois: The Goodheart-Willcox Company.

    Websites:

    YouTube™:

    • Tour the States – Official Music Video
      “Tour the States” is track #1 from Brain Beats – the mnemonic CD that features 14 brilliantly catchy songs to help you remember things you’ve always wanted to learn, but couldn’t.
      https://youtu.be/_E2CNZIlVIg
    • Tour the World – Official Music Video
      Tour the World” is track #1 from Brain Beats 2 – the mnemonic CD that features 13 brilliantly catchy songs to help you remember things you’ve always wanted to learn, but couldn’t.
      https://youtu.be/LZFF8EuaGjM
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • add terms and definitions to personal dictionary
    • journal entries
    • use “word wall” for vocabulary words
    • work with a peer tutor
    • peer to read materials
    • highlighted materials for emphasis
    • shortened simplified instructions
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Students may create a game quizzing the class about the continents, countries, lakes, mountains, oceans and rivers using the following website:

    • Purpose Games
      Create your own games, host your own groups / classes, study for a test or just dazzle us with your knowledge. PurposeGames is a completely FREE service!
      http://www.purposegames.com/

    Infographics:

    Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

    The infographic below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the image on a projector and lead a discussion concerning the information provided.

    TED Talks:

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

    • Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more … tourism?
      Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian activist with an unusual approach to peace-keeping: Be a tourist. The TED Fellow shows how simple interactions with people in different cultures can erode decades of hate. He starts with Palestinians visiting Israelis and moves beyond.
      https://www.ted.com/talks/aziz_abu_sarah_for_more_tolerance_we_need_more_tourism
  • Family/Community Connection

    Students may interview their family members about travel destinations they have been to and document the cities by placing pins on a map. Different color pins may be used showing places they would like to visit.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://www.texasfccla.org

    • Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation
      An individual or team event – recognizes participants who demonstrate their knowledge of the hospitality, tourism and recreation industries and ability to translate their knowledge into a hypothetical or real business. Project must relate to culinary, lodging, recreation, tourism or event coordination.
    • Interpersonal Communications
      An individual or team event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences and/or related occupations skills and apply communication techniques to develop a project designed to strengthen communication.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to this lesson.

    www.ysa.org

    Possible ideas:
    Students may create a technology game about geography that elementary teachers may use with their students.

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