#CelebratewithDE – Daylight Saving

People anticipate Daylight Saving with mixed feelings: It will stay lighter longer in the evenings! I’ll lose an hour of sleep! Whatever you and students are feeling about the time change, help your students understand the history of the policy (based solidly in politics and history, rather than science) and exactly how it works. Daylight Saving is addressed in a variety of media formats in Discovery Education. Here is a sampling of those formats: something for everyone.


Audio

Stuff You Should Know Podcast: How Daylight Saving Time Works
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Audio

Benjamin Franklin first came up with daylight saving time in 1748, and people still practice it today. But how does it work? What are the pros and cons? Join Josh and Chuck as they turn back the clock to explore the origins of daylight saving time.


Video

America in the 20th Century: World War I: The War in Europe
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video

While this series may seem an unlikely link for Daylight Savings, a couple of segments address the impetus for and declaration of Daylight Savings as a U.S. policy.
 
Raising Money, Conservation, and Government Controls
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

President Wilson appointed economist Bernard Baruch to find ways to raise money for the military. The government was given control over the economy and mass production was stepped up. U.S. citizens were asked to give up meat one day a week, live without lights at night, and other things in order to fund the war effort.
 
Daylight Savings, Taxes, and Liberty Bonds
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook

Grades 6-8, Video Segment

Daylight Savings Time was implemented to save energy, while Liberty Bonds were, in essence, a loan to the government.


Text

Daylight Saving
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Encyclopedia Article

Daylight Saving, system of setting clocks 1 or 2 hr ahead so that both sunrise and sunset occur at a later hour, producing an additional period fo daylight in the evening….


Event

1918: Congress approves daylight saving time
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

A good reminder that Discovery Education has a calendar of historical events and descriptions of each. During World War I, in an effort to conserve fuel and energy needed for the war effort, European nations began to turn their clocks forward an hour…


SOS Strategy

Four Corners
(Canadian Version)
All Services

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy encourages students to communicate their thoughts about a specific topic. Each of the four corners of your room corresponds to a possible opinion about a thought-provoking statement. Students go to appropriate corners, based upon their opinions, to discuss and get ready to justify them. Try adjusting this strategy to find out how your class feels about daylight saving. Do they think it’s still important or outdated? Would they repeal the policy, if they could? Then, connect daylight saving to their personal experiences by asking four corners questions about how they spend their time when there is more light at night. Let students come up with four options for corner labels and invite them to lead the activity.

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