Time Zones


Time Zones introduces students to the concept of having different times on the clock depending on where you are in the U.S. and the world. Students will discover why this is the case and be able to explain the reasoning correctly.

There are many suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” plan that you could take advantage of if you have extra time or want to adjust the lesson plan in some way. One suggestion is to send students home with a note to parents asking for small clocks that no longer work to bring to class.

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What our Time Zones lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Time Zones explores why different places have different times. Students will discover why this is the case and learn to explain the reasoning correctly. The lesson focuses on the United States, but students will become aware of time zones across the world as well.

There are two pages of content in this lesson plan. The first page presents a scenario to students that will help them understand why they would wake up while someone in another country would be going to bed. Students will learn how the rotation of the earth affects the time of day in different places all over the world.

The next page shows a map of the United States that displays the six time zones of the U.S. Students will see how to determine what time it is on the East coast based on what the clocks say on the West coast. They will also learn the titles of each U.S. time zone.


For the activity, students will cut out pieces on the worksheets to create different clocks. There are eight sets of small clock hands and big clock hands (arrows), six clocks, and six labels. Next, students will set each clock to correct time based on the six time zones. Then they will match the labels with the right clocks and glue them onto a piece of construction paper in order from earliest to latest.


The practice worksheet requires students to look at a map to solve problems. There are five word problems for them to solve. Students will use the map to figure out how to find the correct times for five zones based on the one given in the word problem.


There is only one section for the homework assignment. Students will review 10 statements or questions and answer them using what they learned in the lesson.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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