World Time Zones

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The lesson introduces students to world time zones and the reasons for the different time zones.  The students should be aware of the different time zones in the United States.  Most students understand time zones exist, but may not understand fully the reasons for the time zones.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with lessons related to U.S. times zones, or for a math lesson related to telling time.

World Time Zones Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about World Time Zones
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing and contrasting World Time Zones
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-5 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This cross-curricular lesson provides an opportunity to include math, science, and real world experience all in one lesson. Introduce students to world time zones and the reasons for these different time zones.  Students may be aware of different time zones in the United States, but likely do not understand fully the reasons for the time zones.  Depending on the grade level of your students, the lesson may be used in conjunction with lessons related to U.S. times zones, a history lesson regarding the reasons time zones came into being, a science lesson about the rotation of the Earth, or for a math lesson related to telling time.

Sample classroom Procedures: 

  1. Ask students: Why is the time different on the other side of the world?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if they have ever heard of time zones.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce World Time Zones.
  4. Distribute World Time Zones content pages. Display a World Map to use for the lesson.  Read and review the information with the students.  Allow students to respond to the questions below “Using World Time Zones”.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. The use of a globe or a ball representing the Earth, and a flashlight, may be used to demonstrate the Earth’s different time zones. When one-half of the Earth is experiencing day, the other half is experiencing night.
  6. Distribute Activity page(s). (Use the map provided or another World Time Zone map.)  Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Remind students the first chart will become an answer key for the chart given to another pair of students.  Encourage students to use places on the map which may include ½ hour or 45-minute time zones, and east and west of the city listed in Column 2.
  7. Circulate through the room to answer questions and settle disputes following the exchange of charts. Once completed, ask students what difficulties there may be when people travel between time zones.
  8. Allow for responses and discussion.
  9. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  10. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7

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

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Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

Subject

Social Studies