When teaching my ESL students about telling time I wanted to introduce them to time zones. I also wanted them to get extra practice with figuring elapsed time as well as review the states / capitols and countries / capitols. This game was the result. There are 6 different time zone maps (pg. 2-5): one for each of the four major USA time zones (eastern, central, mountain and pacific). We live in the eastern time zone so that’s the map we start with. Students then take turns drawing a state and capitol card (pg. 8) and a time card (pg. 9). They then have to say that if it is X time (the time on the card) in Michigan, it will be Y time in the city they drew. It gives them practice figuring time, locating the states and reminds them of some of the capital cities. For more advanced students we use the world map (pg. 6) and the country/capitol cards (pg. 10). This can be played as is, and then students have to figure out first the time difference between where we live (Eastern time zone) and the city on the card they drew before then figuring the time in that city based on if it is X time here. I often scaffold this activity further by adding a row to the top of the map that has Eastern time zone as 0 and then put a + or - and the number of hours for each time zone (pg. 7). This way the students only have to figure what time it is in the drawn city, not the time difference as well.
Rules I show students:
1. Each pair or group gets 1 time zone map, 1 set of place cards, 1 set of time cards.
2. The first person draws 1 place card and 1 time card. You must then say: “If it is ___(time off card)__ in Michigan, it will be __(time)__ in _(place off card)_.
3. If correct the student keeps the place card as a point and puts the time card back in the bag. If incorrect both cards are returned to their bags.
4. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.