In the month of March, most of the world will spring forward into Daylight Saving Time (DST). This practice of changing the clocks to take advantage of longer sunlit days is sometimes called “Summer Time” in other parts of the world.
Not every state or territory in the US will be changing its clocks ahead, just as not every country will conform. Daylight Saving Time Around The World has a list of who will be observing DST and when their clocks will be set forward (change the year in the link for the most current version). This page also has some very helpful links for further reading. Check out these resources for Daylight Saving Time lessons or projects:
• Daylight Saving Time: Five Resources For The Classroom has links with short descriptions of what is available.
• The Politics of Daylight Saving Time is a good springboard for older students interested in holding a debate on the subject.
• Daylight Saving Time printable worksheets for 6th & 7th grade.
• Children enjoy moving the hands ahead on the classic Judy Clock. This activity makes DST concrete for younger students.
• When playing a Telling Time Bingo Game, add a new level by flipping a coin with each turn—heads is Daylight Saving Time, tails is Standard Time.
Prepare for the Effects of Daylight Saving Time in the Classroom
The effects of daylight saving time on kids are sleep disruption and disorientation. For this reason, many suggest that class and school performance tests should not be scheduled in the first few weeks of a time change.
Teachers in a classroom have less flexibility but still can help students by providing short stretching breaks several times a session. Keeping the room well-lit and attractive helps alertness, too. It’s important for teachers to remember to take care of themselves as well! Plan to get to bed earlier over the weekend we change the clocks to make Monday morning go much smoother for everyone.
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