Lesson 12

Time Zones

Timing: 1 x 45 minute blocks

CROSS-CURRICULAR: Mathematics, Social Studies


OVERVIEW: This lesson explores time zones and how it impacts travelling around the world.

Students will:

  • read and interpret the information provided on a world map outlining time zones
  • be able to give concrete examples of what time of day it would be in the home country compared to a specific time at the present host city for an international event such as a World Championships or Paralympic Games.


Teaching Activities

  1. With the class, brainstorm situations where knowledge of time zones would be required (e.g. catching a plane, phoning another country, watching the Wheelchair Rugby Championships on television or in the home country).
  2. Discuss the time zones in Canada and locate the International Date Line on the world map. Talk about a time when travelling that students (or their parents) arrived at their destination and had to change their watches or noticed they had lost or gained a whole day.
  3. In small groups, have students calculate the time in competing countries based on a specific time in British Columbia, Canada.
  4. In small groups, have students make up 5 quiz cards for classmates; e.g. “What time will it be in (country of origin) ____________ when the (team’s name) ____________________ are playing in the current World Championships or Paralympic Games?” or “How many time zones did (team’s name) ___________ travel to get to the host city?”