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At the Same Moment Around the World

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Author/Publisher/Website: Perrin, C.
Copyright: 2014
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: Apr/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781452122083
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-3
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Resource Description

This engaging picture book starts at Greenwich Mean Time in Senegal and, travelling eastward, follows children in different parts of the world and shows what they are doing at that very same moment in each of Earth’s twenty-four time zones. As readers travel through each time zone they see how the world is connected at that moment, and also learn about the climate, weather, architecture, animals, and activities in each region. Also included are a pull-out map that identifies the location of each character in the story and information about the invention of time zones and timekeeping. A useful read-aloud to introduce K-3 students to the concept of time zones and simultaneous difference.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Extensively
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
Comments:
The text could be used to support English Language Arts K-3, specifically the Big Ideas of exploring and listening to stories to help us understand ourselves, to make connections to others and the world, and also that each individual has a unique story and experiences to share. It supports Math Big Ideas on time and time zones, the invention of time and the concept of keeping accurate time. It also fits with ADST Big Ideas, specifically how "technologies are tools that extend human capabilities and designs grow out of natural curiosity."

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Safety:
Illustrations of people on bicycles without helmets in Vietnam.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
The social considerations will not distract from the story but instead represent what the reader may really see in the streets of Vietnam. Caution is given so teachers are aware that discussions about different laws in different countries may be needed.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Not at all or slightly
Can reading level be adjusted?
Not at all or slightly
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to male students?
Extensively
Is the content of particular interest to female students?
Extensively
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Extensively
Comments:
Although the reading level of this book cannot be adjusted, the discussions around the content of this book could be differentiated depending on the grade level. Readers will want a closer look at the book to appreciate the fine pencil and digital art. A small bird can be found flying across each page as the reader travels to a different country and time zone.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Moderately
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
The picture book is tall and narrow like an accountant's ledger. The font is smaller than that in the average picture book, with emphasis on the illustrations telling the story. The text in this book is brief, with only a few lines per page. The last image is the same as the first image, just with the text on the other side of the page. It being the exact same picture shows that you have traveled around the entire world.

PRINT NOVEL

Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Moderately
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
Extensively
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Moderately
Plot description:
“It is six o’clock in the morning in Dakar, Senegal. Keita wakes up early to help his father count the fish caught during the night.” The story starts at Greenwich Mean Time in Senegal and travels eastward to show what people all over the world are doing day and night at that very same moment in the 24 time zones. The reader travels across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North and South America, and learns details about climates and weather, a range of homes, architecture, animals, and activities. The reader travels through each time zone to show how the whole world is connected at that one moment.
Related Comments:
Young readers may not have a grasp on the passing of time and this book presents the topic in a poetic way with elaborate detailed illustrations. At the back of the book, a simple pull-out world map shows readers the location and time zone of each character. As well, facts about Sir Sandford Fleming’s invention of time zones in the 1880s and the difference between Greenwich Mean Time and Coordinate Universal Time is explained.
Genre:
Realistic Fiction
Type:
Picture Book
Visual Highlights:
Picture Book

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
There is a PDF Teacher and Parents guide with extension activities, online crossword puzzle, memory match, word search, and PDF vocabulary scaffold. Short-listed for Black-Eyed Susan Award (Picture Book) 2015.

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
An engaging read-aloud to introduce readers to the concept that people across our country and around the world are in different parts of their day across time zones every single day. It provides a brief discussion about the invention of time zones, early timekeeping, and how technology has enhanced accurate timekeeping. Older students maybe curious to learn more about how technology has changed timekeeping tools. A map of the world is included highlighting each country mentioned in the story, which can prompt discussion about culture and landscape around the world. STEM activities related to time telling such as making a working sundial, clepsydra (water clock) or potato battery clock.
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