Zone Out!

Willie Mae Wilson Hartigan Elementary School
8 W. Root Street
Chicago IL 60609


This lesson is designed for grades K-3. To review previously taught concepts
of time, hours and 1/2 hours. To help children with the concept of the four
different standard time zones in the 48 states.

Materials Needed:

Collect in advance the following items:
Judy clocks paper plates wht. paper U.S.A. map
scissors crayons fasteners black and red construction paper


1. Review telling time by demonstration and then let class review on their own
with individual Judy clocks.
2. Make paper plate analog clocks.
3. Discuss the four standard time zones on U.S.A. map.
4. Give the students a teaser question: "My friend in New York called her
grandfather in California. It was 8:00 a.m. and she woke him up! How can
that be?" Discuss why they think she woke him up.
5. Let children share their own experiences with time zones; for example going
to visit relatives in California and seeing a TV announcement that a show
will be on at "8:00 p.m. eastern 7:00 p.m. central and 5:00 p.m. pacific
6. Show using map why the time zones are different. Practice with students to
be sure they understand the different zones. Give them a time in the eastern
time zone and get them to line up across the room in the other three time
zones. Change the time and place new students in different spots to review.

Performance Assessment:

Step six of my strategy is the first way I will be able to assess my students.
I can tell how much students have mastered this concept through a discussion and
an individual performance evaluation.

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