Daylight Saving Time

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Daylight Saving Time introduces students to the concept of adjusting clocks forward and backward to take advantage of the amount of light in a day. Students will learn the history behind the tradition and, by the end of the lesson, be able to explain why it is still used today.

The “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page provides a number of suggestions for things you can add to the lesson. One suggestion is to have students create a song or poem about remembering to change the clocks twice a year. Another suggestion is to have them write a short skit about DST. You could also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of DST.

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What our Daylight Saving Time lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Daylight Saving Time explains the concept of moving the clocks backward an hour. Students will learn why this tradition started and why it still remains today. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to explain and describe the concept correctly. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade and 3rd grade.

There are three pages of content in this lesson plan. The first page describes times and seasons. Students will discover how the earth’s rotation and revolution around the sun affect the amount of light we get every day at different times of year. They will learn some of the history surrounding this tradition and the people involved in making it happen.

The final content page explains how daylight saving works. Students will learn to move the clocks forward in the spring and backward six months later in the fall. They can think of “spring forward” and “fall backward” to help them remember. The lesson describes that we do all of this to gain more light in the daytime.

CLOCK FACE ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

Students will work with partners for the activity. You can have them work alone or in groups if you prefer. Students will use various supplies that you give them to create a funny picture to help people remember to “spring forward” and “fall backward” when adjusting clocks for Daylight Saving Time. They will cut out the clocks on the worksheet (or draw their own) and use colored pencils or markers, glue, etc. to make a funny clock face.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PRACTICE WORKSHEET

For the practice worksheet, students will first draw arrows to represent the correct time on a clock for three different scenarios. Next, they will sketch how the earth orbits the sun and how the earth rotates. Then, they will review three descriptions of people and write who they are based on what they remember from the lesson plan. Finally, they will answer seven questions.

DO YOU LIKE DST HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

The homework assignment requires students to first tell whether each of 10 statements is true (T) or false (F). Then they will ask five adult family members or friends a series of questions for a short survey.

Additional information

grade-level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

subject

Social Studies

State Educational Standards

NCSS.D2.GEO.4.3-5, NCSS.D2.HIS.2.3-5, NCSS.D2.HIS.6.3-5

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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03/14/2022
Anonymous
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Daylight Savings Time

My students enjoyed the article about Daylight Savings Time. They learned a lot about this sometimes confusing topic. Questions that followed were appropriate for my 4th graders.

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10/04/2018
shelby d.
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Super pleased with how great the lessons are, very thorough and easy to use and teach!