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used to be that knowing the time zones for your country was enough. With
the Internet and e-mail we find ourselves wondering what time it is in
Austrailia and other parts of the world.
Teacher Preparation: Look up links to other websites. Cut a large
sun out of yellow paper.
- For younger students:
create a room sized map by assigning each student a state name to write
on a sheet of paper then have them go stand in the proper location for
that state. They may need to consult a map or globe first. Divide them
by timezones with strips of crepe paper or yarn. Then move the paper
sun from one end of the room to the other to simulate the movement of
the sun across the country. As you move, have them figure out the time
for where they are standing.
- Draw a 1 foot circle
divided into 24 sections to make a graphic to place under a globe. Each
section represents an hour of the day and rotating the globe shows the
time for any given part of the world.
- Older students
can benefit from the following Web links, and from discussions of the
International Date Line and Greenwich Mean Time.
- Link: The
Directorate of Time, U.S. Naval Observatory.
- Link: NSF
Geosciences Integrated Earth Information Server.
- Link: World
Map with time zones.
- Discuss situations
where knowing time zones is important: placing phone calls to other
parts of the country, IRC chats with people in other parts of the world.