Time to Spring Forward Daylight Savings Time is here

We are just in time for the time change. Are you just now getting used to Standard Time? Too bad, it is that time of year again. That's right, it's time to "spring forward" to Daylight Savings Time.. You know what that means. The time of year that everyone feels good about going home with daylight left to enjoy and is grumpy because its still dark when they have to get up or leave for work.

The idea of Daylight Savings Time came from Benjamin Franklin. A London builder named William Willett wrote in the pamphlet "Waste of Daylight" "Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used."

For the United States the time change was used during both World War I and World War II. But it wasn't standardized in peace time until 1966 and went effective in 1967. Both Arizona and Michigan chose to exempt themselves from Daylight Savings Time. Then in 1972 Michigan became the 48th state to accept the change in time.  Most of Arizona still doesn't observe the DST except for the Navajo on their tribal lands. Hawaii still doesn't make the time change either.

The only way to look at the clock on Sunday evening is to know that Monday comes just a bit sooner. On the bright side,time to go home from work or school seems to come a bit sooner too.  When it comes to Daylight Savings Time, would you rather love it or leave it?  If you love it, how do you use the extra hour of daylight each day?

Do you need a math activity for practicing telling time?  Here is a spring themed, set of clip style task cards that help students practice time to the hour and half hour.

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