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Activity 4

Anybody Know The Time?

Problem-solving exercises that require students to use information
about direction and time zones.

by Mrs. Watson


Table of Contents || Versión español


DUTIES:

  1. The Reader reads the information and directions aloud to the group.
  2. The Scribe records all of the answers on the Data Sheet.
  3. The Listener listens carefully and asks questions of the teacher if the group decides that it is necessary.
  4. The Materials Manager moves the man (small plastic figure) around the world.

MATERIALS:

  1. 1 man (small plastic figure)
  2. 1 map
  3. 1 globe
  4. paper to answer questions (Data Sheet)
  5. pencil
  6. Macintosh computer
  7. World Stack
  8. HyperCard or HyperCard Player

DIRECTIONS:

The prime meridian runs north and south on a map. It is located at 0 degrees longitude. Locate this line. You should find our friend Blazin' Benjamin at 0 degrees longitude and 15 degrees latitude, on the continent of Africa.

  1. Which country of Africa is Blazin' Benjamin currently visiting?
  2. If Blazin' Benjamin leaves Africa at 1:30 p.m. and travels 45 degrees east, will he still be in Africa? Which country is he now visiting?
  3. If it takes 2 hours to fly, at what time would Blazin' Benjamin arrive at his new location? Use the clocks on the bottom of the map, and the time that Blazin' Benjamin left Africa (1:30 p.m.). Make sure you consider the new time zone!
  4. Blazin' Benjamin has just moved into a new time zone. In which two directions can he move in order to travel into different time zones?

  5. For questions 5-7 the Reader should go to the World Stack Computer Station, follow the posted directions, and report back to the group.


  6. What time is it now in Rialto, California?
  7. Based on the current time in Rialto, what time is it where you last left Blazin' Benjamin?
  8. What time will it be where you last left Blazin' Benjamin when it is 7:00 p.m. in Rialto?

  9. The prime meridian runs north and south on the map. It is located at 0 degrees longitude. Locate this line. You should find our friend Blazin' Benjamin at 0 degrees longitude and 15 degrees latitude, on the continent of Africa. (If not, please put him there.)


  10. What country in Africa is Blazin' Benjamin currently visiting?
  11. Blazin' Benjamin is now going to travel 60 degrees east and 30 degrees south. Which continent is he now in? Name the country he has travelled to.
  12. Although Blazin' Benjamin has traveled 30 degrees south he is not on the 30 degree latitude line. Why?
  13. Which ocean has Blazin' Benjamin crossed?
  14. BONUS QUESTION: Blazin' Benjamin leaves Africa at 9:00 p.m. and flies nonstop to South America. What time will it be when he arrives in South America?

PRODUCT:

Completed answers to the questions written on the Data Sheet.
The Scribe checks off the station on the recording sheet.

CLEAN-UP:

  1. Put the man, map, and pencil in the basket. Leave the globe on the table.
  2. Place the Data Sheet in the group folder.

EXTENSION ACTIVITY:

Benjamin Banneker taught himself astronomy through reading, observation, and trial-and-error calculation. Describe some steps you could take to learn more about a subject if no schools or teachers were available.

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