Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Stop the Clock

Jackson, Tom (Author)
Penguin Random House 2013. 160 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781783420056 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 032
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

From 15 musical notes per second, to 5-minute fatal venom, to the fastest spinning planet—this book addresses it all. Peppy layouts are replete with illustrative photos and graphics. Brief captions provide punch lines for every image: “The average person’s hair grows 1 cm every 25 days … the length of a thumbnail.”

Some spreads are themed, such as “Time to Travel,” “We Will Build It” and “What a Waste of Time!” (addressing waste we produce on our planet). Other spreads are grouped by time duration (10 seconds to read 21 words in Braille, 1.4 seconds to dive from a 10-metre height). Readers may test new-found knowledge with quizzes at the back of each section.

Interspersed throughout the book are full-spread photos that show awe-inspiring images: an active volcano (“erupting more or less constantly for the last 2,600 years”); the Andromeda Galaxy (“the light used to make this photograph left the galaxy when our early ancestors were just learning how to make stone tools”); a hospital nursery (“there are 251 babies born every minute, all around the world.”).

This book of facts is visually and intellectually stimulating, as well as lots of fun.

  •  

    Look at the front and back covers, the title and subtitle, the table of contents and the illustrations. How is the information presented? Talk about the text features (cartoon strips, dialogue, factoids). How does the page layout help you understand the text?

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    Take the quiz at the end of a chapter, both before and after reading.

  •  Select one interesting fact from each chapter. Create an infographic that conveys your five facts.
  •  

    Produce a book in the same style, with time facts from your life. For example, 10 seconds to write your name, 3 minutes to brush your teeth, 1 hour to play soccer, etc.

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    Explore how the information is organized (titles, text boxes, etc.) How can you find information rapidly?

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    Choose some of your favourite facts and present them to a partner.

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    Create a Time Hall of Fame or Award Ceremony. Which time events will you choose?

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    Produce a book in the same style with time facts from your school life. For example, 10 seconds to write your name, 3 minutes to fill your school bag, 1 hour to play soccer, etc.

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    Before reading, make educated guesses to answer the questions at the end of each section.

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    In pairs, select and sort 20 record-breaking facts into two columns: You Should Know and Who Cares? Be prepared to defend your choices as you present your list to your peers.

  •  

    Make a personal record-breaking journal with fun facts about family and friends that will fit into the categories: seconds, minutes, hours, days, years.

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    Suggest record-breaking facts to include in your school yearbook. Work as a class to submit a visually creative and well-organized final product to the yearbook committee.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Media Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Visual Arts