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May 12, 2017

Time Flies: Learning to Tell Time

By Nancy Jang
Grades PreK–K, 1–2

    Towards the end of the year, my second grade class has completed most of the heavy, complicated, intricate curriculum in math, and I look forward to the fun hands-on math concepts such as measurement, graphing, and time. One of my favorite ways to make math fun is to supplement lessons with apps, crafts, and games. So I was especially excited to see that Timex is sponsoring a free unit on time that includes several reproducibles, family activities, a teaching guide, a free online game, a free time app, and a giveaway! Who doesn’t love free stuff?

    I’d love to share a few of the ways that I’m using some of the goodies from the Timex unit paired with a few Scholastic Printables. As a bonus, I’m sharing a fun game that I created to help my kiddos practice telling time.

    We made this clock using this printable from Scholastic Printables Clockmakers and this printable from the Timex unit. I combined the two printable items to make this clock.

    First, we took a ruler and drew lines connecting the lines on the Timex printable clock. I wanted to divide up the clock face into pie wedges and label them with the hours. This allows the students to see that the hour hand, even when it is past the particular number, is still in that hour’s wedge. Then, we color labeled the pie piece with the hour and colored in in a pattern on the face.

     

    Next, we used the Scholastic Printable clock face to label the minutes in increments of five minutes and cut them out in a pie wedge. We glued the minutes to the corresponding number on the clock face and then glued the entire thing to a paper plate for sturdiness. Now it’s ready to have the arms attached using a brad fastener. Copy the arms onto cardstock and laminate for extra durability in little hands.

         

    Now we are ready to play Rock Around the Clock using our new clocks!

    I love Scholastic Printables! Not only are there tons of mini-books and Printables for every subject, but cute clipart, and blank game boards too! I created by own board game, Rock Around the Clock, starting with a blank board game template from Scholastic Printables. All I did was add text boxes in Microsoft Word with different times to create the game — easy peasy! Now I have a fun game that I can use in class AND send home for extra practice or homework! The kids will want to play this again and again. You can download my game, Rock Around the Clock, by clicking on the pictures below. And get a printable copy of different variations of the game to fit different age and grade levels.

      

    Rock Around the Clock has four levels of play included in the directions. All you need to do is download the game board and directions for each level; grab a die, some game markers, and a clock manipulative OR use the reproducible from Timex in a page protector as your manipulative (which is also perfect for sending home!); and you are ready to play!

    One of other things that I noticed is that the students always struggle with word problems, especially when we are studying telling time. So, I found this great math mini-book that is filled with word problems using time. I am using one or two problems a day as a warm up for our time unit.  

    And finally, I have included this poem on time to help my littles remember how many minutes in an hour.

    I hope that these goodies help make learning about time fun and easy for you and your kids because time flies when you are having fun.  Enjoy!

     

    Happy Teaching,

    Nancy

     

     

     

    Towards the end of the year, my second grade class has completed most of the heavy, complicated, intricate curriculum in math, and I look forward to the fun hands-on math concepts such as measurement, graphing, and time. One of my favorite ways to make math fun is to supplement lessons with apps, crafts, and games. So I was especially excited to see that Timex is sponsoring a free unit on time that includes several reproducibles, family activities, a teaching guide, a free online game, a free time app, and a giveaway! Who doesn’t love free stuff?

    I’d love to share a few of the ways that I’m using some of the goodies from the Timex unit paired with a few Scholastic Printables. As a bonus, I’m sharing a fun game that I created to help my kiddos practice telling time.

    We made this clock using this printable from Scholastic Printables Clockmakers and this printable from the Timex unit. I combined the two printable items to make this clock.

    First, we took a ruler and drew lines connecting the lines on the Timex printable clock. I wanted to divide up the clock face into pie wedges and label them with the hours. This allows the students to see that the hour hand, even when it is past the particular number, is still in that hour’s wedge. Then, we color labeled the pie piece with the hour and colored in in a pattern on the face.

     

    Next, we used the Scholastic Printable clock face to label the minutes in increments of five minutes and cut them out in a pie wedge. We glued the minutes to the corresponding number on the clock face and then glued the entire thing to a paper plate for sturdiness. Now it’s ready to have the arms attached using a brad fastener. Copy the arms onto cardstock and laminate for extra durability in little hands.

         

    Now we are ready to play Rock Around the Clock using our new clocks!

    I love Scholastic Printables! Not only are there tons of mini-books and Printables for every subject, but cute clipart, and blank game boards too! I created by own board game, Rock Around the Clock, starting with a blank board game template from Scholastic Printables. All I did was add text boxes in Microsoft Word with different times to create the game — easy peasy! Now I have a fun game that I can use in class AND send home for extra practice or homework! The kids will want to play this again and again. You can download my game, Rock Around the Clock, by clicking on the pictures below. And get a printable copy of different variations of the game to fit different age and grade levels.

      

    Rock Around the Clock has four levels of play included in the directions. All you need to do is download the game board and directions for each level; grab a die, some game markers, and a clock manipulative OR use the reproducible from Timex in a page protector as your manipulative (which is also perfect for sending home!); and you are ready to play!

    One of other things that I noticed is that the students always struggle with word problems, especially when we are studying telling time. So, I found this great math mini-book that is filled with word problems using time. I am using one or two problems a day as a warm up for our time unit.  

    And finally, I have included this poem on time to help my littles remember how many minutes in an hour.

    I hope that these goodies help make learning about time fun and easy for you and your kids because time flies when you are having fun.  Enjoy!

     

    Happy Teaching,

    Nancy

     

     

     

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