Where Time Begins

In this interdisciplinary lesson the teachers join their efforts to introduce the students to time zones. The students discuss Time Zones and create a sample travel plan based on time zones. They find the common ground that bridges the school discipline. The material they research goes through the three subjects, i.e., English -focus on Greenwich, the place in Great Britain where time begins: Physics -the concept of time, and Geography -Teaching time zones. The students of grade 10/7 Physics & Math stream are driven and motivated as the topic fully corresponds to their needs and fosters content and language integrated learning. They begin the lesson by brainstorming on the following:

• Did they ever encounter any issues with timing? Why might this have been?

• What is a time zone?

• Which directions do you travel to change time zones?

• Why do we have time zones?

• What would it be like if we didn’t have time zones?

• What happens to the time zone as you travel east? West?

• How do you think this relates to the rotation of the Earth?

Using “Around the world in eighty days ” by Jules Verne, we add Literature Component to the teaching material to make it more colorful and gripping.

Phileas Fogg makes a bet with some golf buddies that he can make it around the world in 80 days without the use of air-based engine powered vehicles, such as planes and helicopters (with the exception of hot air balloons). Can he make it around the world in 80 days?

Teachers: English-N. Gevorgyan, Physics-R. Tamazyan, Geography-D. Ivanyan


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