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Seasons and Time Zones: How They Connect to Latitude and Longitude: Lab Activity

How does our latitude and longitude compare to our time zone and season? What other places on Earth share our timezone? our season? This activity gives students concrete evidence for answering these questions. Using a classroom globe and sticky notes, students explore a variety of questions on this topic. 


Questions Addressed

❑ What cities share the same time zone?

❑ What cities share the same season?

❑ Which cities have opposite time zones? seasons?


Concepts Addressed

♦  The season of your location depends upon your latitude.

♦  The time zone of your location depends upon your longitude.


Standards Addressed


TEKS 6.11A, 8.7A


Materials Needed

classroom globe(s); sticky notes; copies of regional animals (included, optional)


Preparation Required

copies of regional animals (optional); cut apart or have the students do that

Teaching Time 

This lab takes about 30 minutes (more with writing assignments)


Answer Key

Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to. 


Student Sheets

• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Seasons and Time Zones: How They Connect to Latitude and Longitude: Lab Activity


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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