Resource Image Tech Trek: Time for class

by: Edwin P. Christmann
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Grade Level: Middle School


One of the most abstract concepts that you will teach to your students is the concept of time. Usually introduced at the beginning of the school year, the concept of time is taught along with measurements and scientific units such as length, mass, and volume. However, unlike length, mass, and volume, time can be a very confusing concept to understand. This overview of the concept of time also links to internet resources and includes several classroom extension ideas.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Scientific habits of mind
Using mathematics
Using technology
Technological design
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Achievement, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
    • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8)
  • Science and Technology
    • Understanding about science and technology
      • People have always had problems and invented tools and techniques (ways of doing something) to solve problems.
      • Tools help scientists make better observations, measurements, and equipment for investigations. They help scientists see, measure, and do things that they could not otherwise see, measure, and do.
      • Technology is essential to science, because it provides instruments and techniques that enable observations of objects and phenomena that are otherwise unobservable due to factors such as quantity, distance, location, size, and speed. (5-8)
      • Technology provides tools for investigations, inquiry, and analysis.
  • Content Standards
    • Quality Teaching
      • Deepens educators’ content knowledge, provides them with research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards, and prepares them to use various types of classroom assessments appropriately. (NSDC)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
      • Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.

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User Reviews

I agree - nice little summary
  Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN) on May 23, 2012
  This article provides a nice summary of some basic information on how we define standard time. It would be not only a nice inclusion in a unit on metric measures but also an interesting piece of information for a unit on geologic time - this is how we define a type of "absolute" time compared to the relative times in geology.

Accuracy of a Timepiece
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on June 2, 2011
  This short article talks about time and how it is measured. It provides a simple exercise to show the accuracy of a timepiece. Websites are provided to determine accuracy as well as a statement to the importance of accurate measurement of time for scientists.