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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The History of Time and Clocks

Yesterday was our co-op day. Since it was not my turn to choose the lesson, I had no idea what the lesson was going to be about. Much to my happiness it was another History lesson. This one covering the history of time and clocks. Since the lesson plan used by the other mom is no longer available for any of you to print and use, I thought I would share some of the questions we were asked to answer. Many them could be answered by watching the video below. Your child might have to do some research to find a few. Still a fun, easy and free lesson you can make and use yourself. I printed off two clock face coloring pages, for the two younger children to color and design. Listed below are the questions to the lesson. They are in no particular order, as each child placed them in a lapbook wherever they chose to. Have fun with it, and please share if you do this. It was a lot of fun.

1. How were earliest sundials made?
2. How can a shadow be used to tell time?
3. What time did the Romans call noon?
4. Name some ancient civilizations that used sundials"?
5. Who was the first clockmaker in America?
6. How did King Alfred divide his day?
7. How many days are in a week?
8. How many months are in a year?
9. What are the different types of methods to tell time?
10.What kind of transportation made Standard Time necessary?
11. What did King Alfred use to tell time?
12. Who developed the first pendulum clock?
13. Who studied clocks to learn more about pendulums?
14. How were early grandfather clocks wound?
15. Who made the first clock?
16. What is the difference between a watch and a clock?
17. Did ancient people have matches?
18. Where were the first water clocks built?
19. What is another name for a water clock"?
20. What three things does a clock need?
21. How did night watchers learn to tell time?
22. What is the material in an hourglass?
23. How did clock making change during the American Civil War?

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