September Family Activity
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Just a Second: A Different Way to Look at Time
By Steve Jenkins
Questions and Activities:
- If a cheetah can travel 100 feet in one second, how many feet can it travel in five seconds? Ten seconds? Twenty seconds?
- Can you count how many times your heart beats in one minute?
- If it takes an hour for the sun to travel half a million miles around the center of the Milky Way galaxy, how long will it take for the sun to travel a whole million miles?
- Why do you think “the day is the original unit of timekeeping in every human culture”?
- How many months are there in a year? If your hair grows half an inch in a month, how long will it grow in one year?
- Do you know how many days there are in a year? How many weeks are in a year? What is the relationship between the earth, the sun and a year?
- What are some things that take you a long time to do? What are some things that you can do very quickly?
- Explore additional time related activities from Reading is Fundamental.
- Clock or stop watch
- Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
Take a sheet of paper and draw a picture of one of the animals from the book in thirty seconds. How did your drawing turn out? Now try to draw the same animal but give yourself three minutes. What do you think of your drawing? Now do another drawing but give yourself as much time as you would like. How long did it take you? Do you think drawing is better done quickly or over a longer period of time? What are some things that are done quickly in a short amount of time? What are some activities it is better to take your time with? Why do you think some things need to be done quickly and some things are better done slowly?
- Heavy Object for a Weight
- Stopwatch or Timer
Can you count out sixty seconds (one minute) without using a clock? How have people measured time throughout history? Can you create a device that measures a certain amount of time? In the past, people have used sand to create hourglasses and the sun to create sundials. Try making a simple pendulum that keeps track of time.
Bookamania is made possible by a generous grant from Target Corporation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.