Bummed you can’t travel outside your house due COVID-19 restrictions? Take a trip with your imagination!

Mind Trip

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description
Language Arts, Social Emotional 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Create a story where you visit someplace outside of your house.
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Writing utensil, Blank paper, Story Template worksheet, Coloring tools, Internet access

Arts, Health, General


  • EXPLAIN: COVID-19 means that we cannot go out the way we were used to. Maybe your family had planned a trip for spring break that got cancelled. Or maybe you just miss going to different places in your neighborhood or your city.
  • ASK: Are there some places that you miss visiting?
  • EXPLAIN: It’s okay to feel frustrated or sad that you don’t get to go out. Today, we’re going to think about trips you can take without ever leaving your house.


  • EXPLAIN: Your imagination is a wonderful way to travel without leaving the house. You can also read books that transport you to outer space, fairy realms, and olden times.
  • WATCH OR READ: Where the Wild Things Are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALmNPxNehYE
  • ASK:
    • Where did Max visit?
    • Was the trip in his head or for real?
  • EXPLAIN: Now you are going to get a chance to write a story where you visit a place from real life or your imagination.
    • Use the planning template to plan your story.
    • Write out your story.
    • Create some pictures.
    • (OPTIONAL) If you’re going to a real place, read up on it using guidebooks or the internet.
    • Create a cover, title page, and back cover.
    • Bind your story together using a stapler or hole punch and string.


  • DISCUSS: In what ways – other than writing – can you use your imagination to travel when you can’t leave your house?
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