The Amazing RaceThe Amazing Race

Essential Question:

How does understanding a locations populations, physical features, and resources impact our perceptions?

Outcomes & Standards:

  • Communication & Collaboration: Students will work in teams to solve objectives of the game. Collaboration will take place face-to-face and through Google docs.
  • Research and Information fluency: Students will gain information literacy about geographic locations to achieve objectives of the game.
  • Technology Concepts: Students will use the internet, Google spreadsheets, Google Earth, and Google docs to complete the project.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students will cite all resources. In Google Sites, resources will be cited using MLA formula.

Game Description
Students will race around the world (6th) or U.S. (5th) by forming teams and choosing cards. Each time a card is chosen, the team must determine how they will get there (plane or car), how much travel will cost, and how far the destination is from their starting point. This information will need to be kept in a Google spreadsheet. For each card/destination, they will also have to complete 1 to 2 Google presentation slides where each one highlights a point of interest for that location. Once they have reached and completed all 3 destinations, they must complete a roadblock. At the end of the project, free time will be awarded based on tasks completed correctly:

  • All tasks completed correctly - 3 days free time during typing pal time
  • Most tasks completed correctly - 2 days free time during typing pal time
  • Most tasks completed with perhaps some errors/room for improvement - 1 day free time during typing pal time

  1. Each team will draw one card. It will list one geographic location.
  2. A travel cost budget must be maintained. The team must research a mode of transportation from Denver to location #1. Some resources are listed below. The mode, miles, and cost will be kept and calculated in Google spreadsheet. See screencasts below on how to create the spreadsheet and how to add/sum/total your data.
    *All Google PRESENTATIONS should be named as follows:
    *All Google SPREADSHEETS/BUDGET should be named as follows:
    TeacherName_AR Budget TeamName
    *All Google documents should be shared with all team members and Mrs. Lynn
  3. Teams will then research two points of interest for each location. These will be highlighted in a Google presentation. Each point of interest slide must display a picture, a citation, and a description of why it is important for the location.
  4. All resources used must have a "Website Quick Check" form completed.
    Website quick check
  5. Once the slides for location #1 are complete, the teams will ask Mrs. Lynn for another card with a second location. The same steps must be completed for three locations in total.
  6. Each team must also complete one ROADBLOCK. Roadblocks can be one of the following:
    • Current Events: Research a Newspaper article about one of your locations. You can use the WorldNewsStand app on the iPad. For U.S. newspapers, you can use THIS LIST. After reading the article, the members of your team will use an iTouch or a flip to "report" this article T.V. news style. You can all 3 act as reporters and summarize the article or you can interview one of your team members as an expert on the story topic. Show Mrs. Lynn the video to obtain your points. Make sure the video is then uploaded to your Google Docs and share it with Mrs. Lynn.
    • Travel Tips: Using one of your points of interest, create a travel video that promotes your point of interest. The video must tell the viewer: where you are, describe the way it looks, and tell the viewer some reasons they may want to visit. EXAMPLE 1, EXAMPLE 2. Show Mrs. Lynn the video to obtain your points. Make sure the video is then uploaded to your Google Docs and share it with Mrs. Lynn.
  7. To showcase all your great work, your individual projects (presentation, budget, and roadblock video) will be compiled in a Google site. See the videos below, beginning with the 4th video, to learn how to begin the Google Site.


Car Options

  1. Saturn Vue - 32 mpg
  2. Porche Carrera 4 - 24 mpg
  3. Camry - 25 mpg
  4. Land Rover - 12 mpg

Gas Prices

Canadian gas cost conversion (resource here)

  • Take the amount listed in and divide by 100 (this converts the pennies/liter to Canadian dollars/liter)
    Ex: 122.7 divided by 100 = 1.227
  • Divide the average Canadian price per liter by 33.8 = price per US ounce.
    Ex: 1.227 divided by 33.8 = .0360
  • Multiply that by 128 = cost in Canadian dollars per US gallon.
    Ex: .0360 x 128 = $4.62
  • Convert that to US dollars by multiplying by the going exchange rate.
    Ex: The exchange rate is just about $1 CD = $1 US so there is no conversion necessay.

Travel Websites 
(always choose ONE WAY when searching for flights)

For total mile information use Google Earth or Google maps

How to Create A Google Spreadsheet

How to Create A Google Site