Inquiry-based learning: Time

Time zones

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Did you know there are three different time zones in Australia, and 24 different time zones in the world?

Watch this video to learn more about the history of time zones.


After watching the video, consider the following questions in your journal or with a friend:

Why are time zones important?

What is the name of the place and country that all time is worked out from? Why is that the place when days start in New Zealand?

Why do some people in South Australia want their time zone changed? Why do others not want it to change?

Test your knowledge and understanding of time zones with the Night and Day quiz.

Debate it!

In Australia, most states and territories turn the clocks forward by one hour in summer. This means that when the days get longer, we get more light at the end of the day, rather than waking up to sunshine at 5am. This is called daylight-saving time.

There are three places in Australia that don't use daylight-saving time: Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Research the debate on the pros and cons of daylight-saving and conduct a debate on the issue, with your classmates or a group of friends.

You might want to play different characters, like a farmer, a politician, a parent, an athlete etc. Think about what each of them might be most worried about.

Use your inspiration!

An important part of making a film, animation or game is to think about the characters involved, and what they want.

Imagine you are one of the characters in the debate on daylight-saving, and consider the following:

What is my normal routine?

What is my top priority?

How would daylight-saving impact my life?

What could go wrong if I don't get my way?

Film or animate a video diary from the perspective of one of these characters, or plan a game where one of these characters is the avatar.


In your journal, record anything new or inspiring that you learned in this module. You might like to use the following exercise:

See: what did you see in this module? Was there anything that made you imagine a picture clearly in your head?

Like: did anything in this module excite you? Did you get any interesting ideas? 

Wonder: did you wonder about anything in this module? Did you imagine how something could be different?


You have completed Module 5.

Why not check out some other activities on time in our resource?

Inquiry-based learning: Time

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