Inquiry-based learning: Time

Get started with the theme: Time

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The theme of time is fascinating to explore.

To get started, try these activities to generate a variety of ideas and possible approaches...

It's a great idea to take notes in your production journal so you remember anything that inspires you.


What words and phrases do we associate with time?

On sticky notes, write a different word, phrases or idea about time.

Stick your responses on the wall or whiteboard. Group similar responses and discuss with friends or your class.

Learning time...

Explore the list of time terms from the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors.

Choose three words you have never heard of before.

In pairs or small groups, come up with ideas about how you would teach other students about these terms.

All together now!

What facts do you know about time?

With your whole class, create a list.

Then, work in groups to brainstorm scientific and/or creative explanations for each fact about time.

Perspectives on time...

Discuss these quotes about time. Do you agree with the statements they make?

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

Leo Tolstoy

“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”

Mary Kay Ash

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.


As you work through the modules, keep a journal of things that inspire you.

For this module, choose the following and add them into your journal:

THREE pictures of interesting things that you found during your research.

TWO things you learned that surprised you.

ONE thing that you think you might use in your entry...


You have completed Module 1. Follow the link to find out about the history of timekeeping...

A history of timekeeping

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