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Time Zones Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know what a time zone is and why time zones exist? Use lesson plan to introduce them to the concept of time zones using a text lesson and a formula for calculating the correct time. A fun game gives student practice in calculating time in different time zones.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what time zones are
  • outline the process of calculating the time in different time zones

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.9

Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson Identifying & Calculating Time Zones
  • A globe with lines of longitude marked on it
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • Photocopies of a world map with countries, major cities, and the lines of longitude clearly marked on it
  • A clock

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