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Classroom Demonstration

Digital watches may have widely replaced the use of traditional, analog watches, but analog watches can do something that digital ones can't do — they can help you to determine your cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West)!  See the PDF in the sidebar titled "Using a Watch as a Compass" (under "In The Classroom") for a visual supplement to this activity.

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere:

  1. Hold your analog watch in the palm of your hand, making sure to keep it flat.
  2. Face the hour hand of the watch towards the sun.
  3. Imagine a line running between both the hour hand and 12:00, separating them equally (if performing this during daylight savings time, use 1:00 instead of 12:00).
  4. This imaginary line points South, making North 180 degrees in the opposite direction

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere:

  1. Hold your analog watch in the palm of your hand, making sure to keep it flat.
  2. Face the 12:00 point towards the sun (if performing this during daylight savings time, use the 1:00 mark to point towards the sun, instead of 12:00)
  3. Imagine a line running between 12:00 and the hour hand, separating them equally.
  4. This imaginary line points North, making South 180 degrees in the opposite direction.

Common Core State Standards Connections

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Object Analysis

Using the PDF worksheet in the sidebar, complete an object analysis worksheet.  Perhaps complete it before learning more about the object, and then again after reading the artifact article.  Did any of your answers change?

Common Core State Standards Connections

Writing, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 - Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Standard 9 - Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 3-5

Standard 1 – Engage in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Reading for Information, Grades 6-12

Standard 7 – Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Writing, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade-level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 2 – Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

Standard 7 – Integrate visual information (e.g. in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Writing for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Standard 1 – Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.

Standard 9 – Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.