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EXAMPLE: What time is it in California?

DATE ADDED: Jan 26, 2009


    Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINEStudents look at a map of the U.S. and calculate times across various time zones.   





  1. Explain time zones to the students.  They are probably not aware time zones even exist.  For example, if it is 10:00 A.M. in Hokkaido & in Niigata & in Okinawa. However,  there are time zones in America. If it is 6:00 P.M. in Virginia, it is 5:00 P.M. in Texas, 4:00 P.M. in Colorado, and 3:00 P.M. in California.
  2. Pass out the worksheet and have the students calculate for the given times. You may need to hint at phrasing the answer.
  3. As a bonus question, I have the students calculate the time difference between my home in Virginia and Japan. I give the students one example: "It is 10:00 A.M. in Japan on January 22. It is 8:00 P.M. in America on January 21. There is a 14 hour difference. Now, what if it is 8:00 A.M. in Japan? What time is it in America?"


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