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When it comes to daylight saving time, states have two options; say in standard time or switch to daylight saving time. Only Hawaii and Arizona chose to stay in standard time and the remaining 48 make the switch. But a bill was introduced to Congress in March of 2019 on behalf of the state of Florida. The bill is called the Sunshine Protection Act. If passed, the bill would change the federal law and allow states to stay on daylight saving time all year.
In fact, 36 states have expressed some level of interest in staying in daylight saving time year-round. But is it the best choice for the entire country?
Students are asked to look at 12 arguments and sort them into categories:
The arguments range from the fact that less animals are hit by cars during daylight saving time because nocturnal animals come out later to the fact that the country tried to switch to DST in the 1970’s but many people complained because during the winter the sun didn’t rise in major cities, like Detroit, until 9 a.m.
Student then place themselves in the shoes of a congressional representative. Would they vote for the Sunshine protection bill? They justify their choice and organize their thinking by using the thinkLaw DRAAW+C framework.
The lesson concludes by asking students to list out all of the problems they can think of with the time change and rank them on a scale or 1-6 from the worst to the least severe. Ranking is a fast, effective way to have your students developed nuanced thinking and think about their thinking. What's the differences between the items? How can you defend your choice? What logic did you apply to your order?
Daylight Saving Time download includes:
- Teacher's Guide
- PowerPoint presentation
- Student Sheets available as Word Documents AND editable PDF
All resources are available for download and on Google Docs!
All students are compelled by their inherent sense of fairness and justice! Use that to your advantage to keep your class engaged!