Daylight Saving Time

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Most of your students will already be aware that we adjust our clocks twice a year, but they probably do not know why.  Of course, in the summers, students see it as an extra hour of daylight.  The lesson introduces students to the history of Daylight Saving Time and why it is used around the world.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a general lesson about time, U.S. Time Zones, or World Time Zones.  Prior to the lesson, students should already know how to tell time.

Daylight Saving Time Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Daylight Saving Time
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Daylight Saving Time
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 2-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson introduces students to the history of Daylight Saving Time and why it is used around the world.  Most of your students will already be aware that we adjust our clocks twice a year, but they probably do not know why.  Of course, in the summers, students just see it as an extra hour of daylight.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with a general lesson about time, U.S. Time Zones, or World Time Zones.  Prior to the lesson, students should already know how to tell time.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students: What is your favorite time of the day?  Morning or evening?  Why?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they would like to have an extra hour of morning or an extra hour of evening or daylight?  Why?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Daylight Saving Time.
  4. Distribute Daylight Saving Time content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute supplies.  Encourage students to be creative, and if possible, use images from the Internet.  Circulate through the room to help students when necessary.
  6. Once completed, allow students to share their posters with the class.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Ask students to correct the false statements.
  9. Next, students discuss the responses to the survey questions.  Students share some of the results.  Ask students if they think most people like or dislike DST.
  10. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to share some of the comments made by the 5 respondents.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science