My Own Clock
Telling time can be tricky for many students. With their own hand-made personal clocks, they’ll have the opportunity to practice independently.
Students will make their own clocks so they can practice telling time.
Fiskars scissors; cardboard or foam board; thick stock paper (two different colors), glue, metal fasteners (one per child)
Number and Big/Little Hand Reproducible
SET UP AND PREPARE
1. To prepare for this lesson, cut large circles out of cardboard or foam board for each student in the class. The circle should be about the size of a dinner plate, and will be the face of the clocks for this lesson. Next, use the Number and Big and Little Hand Reproducibles to make cardboard tracers for students.
2. To begin this lesson, review the concept of time with students. Explain that they’ll be making their own clocks to practice telling time.
1. Give each student a cardboard circle (clock face) and a metal fastener. Pass out number and big and little hand tracers for students to share.
2. Have students use the big and little hand tracers to draw and cut out the hands for their clocks.
3. Once finished, instruct them to use the number tracers to do the same for each number on the clock. Encourage them to make the numbers 12, 3, 6, and 9 all the same color, different from the other numbers.
4. Next, have students paste their numbers around the edge of the clock’s face, a few inches apart.
5. Have students cut a hole in the center of the clock’s face, and in the center of the base of the big hand and little hand. Place the big hand on top of the little hand, and insert the fastener through the hole. Next, fasten the hands and clock face together.
6. Students can create a stand for their clocks by cutting a triangle out of cardboard. Fold one edge of the cardboard—about one inch in length—and glue it to the back of the clock.
7. Now students can prop their clocks up on their desks for time-telling practice.