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.