Activities to Help Your Students Explore Time
Do You Know the Time?
often do students need to know what time it is during the day?
Have them make a list of all of the important times in their day
from waking up to going to bed. What helps them know when it is
time for all of these events? Why do we need clocks at school?
List reasons why they are needed. Then have them write a story
about the "Day Without Clocks" to help illustrate the
importance of knowing the correct time.
Do They Do That?
do clocks keep time? is the question asked and explored in
this show from Newton's Apple. Teachers' guide with activities
and resources provide material for interesting lessons, complete
with directions for making a water clock.
the Mechanical Clock to see the parts of this type of clock.
Marches On...and On...
and contrast the way that Frick's program disk which controlled
when and where the bells rung to the program disks which hold
software for today's computers. How has that term changed over
Up Close and Personal
students tour the Frick
Clock. You can take a Virtual Reality tour, see a close up
of the clock parts or a look at it using the original patent
Many Clocks, So Little Time....
clocks, cuckoo clocks, stop watches. How many different kinds
clocks can you name? What are the different functions or jobs
they perform? Are they all effective for doing the same things?
students illustrate one type of clock or time keeping device and
write a description of it. They should include what they thought
were the best features of their clock and who might want to own
one of these time keeping device.
batteries, bulbs and wires to make simple circuits so students
can see how the battery operated Electric Program Clocks were
able to complete the circuit which rang the bells. Visit Using
Electricity to Keep Time to see four lessons for beginners
on what makes your electric clock work.
clocks like Big Ben we know by name. They are important to the
communities in which they are located. Look at the clocks
featured in the project "Community
of Clocks" and then see if you can find a clock in your
community that deserves to have its story told. A link on the
main project page will give you information on how you can add
What Does that Really Mean?
phrases dealing with time such as -
on my hands
about the meaning of the expressions. Then let students get
creative and illustrate the phrases and try to show the literal
meanings the words seem to imply.
students look at the Seth Thomas and the Synchronome Clock slide
shows. What do they see about these clocks that is the same or
different from the Frick Clock? Which clock is the oldest? Which
is the most like the Frick Clock?
Line of Clocks
have people measured time throughout history? Can you create a
timeline to show different timekeeping devices. Include the
hourglass, sundial, pendulum, water clock or others you can
discover. A resource to help you is a "Brief
History of Clocks" or visit three
slide shows to take you on a historical tour of time.
Include the Frick Clock on your time line.
the "TimeLiner" program software by Tom Snyder will
make this an easy task once the research is done.