Learning the importance of time and how it applies to everything we do is one of the most fundamental things students can learn in the classroom.
- Learn how to read, write, and tell time on analog clocks
- Identify time by the hour, half hour, and quarter hour
- Make their own clocks
- Interpret and demonstrate time
- What Time Is It? Mini Poster reproducible
- Clock Hands for Mini Poster reproducible
- Brass fastener or tack
- Let's Make a Clock reproducible
- Brass fasteners
- Paper plates
Print the What Time Is It? Mini Poster reproducible and the Clock Hands for Mini Poster reproducible. Cut out the watch hands and use a brass fastener or tack to attach them to the watch face on the mini poster. Hang the mini poster and use the moveable watch hands to demonstrate important time concepts to your class.
Make the Connection
Have students name daily school activities. As they identify what time those activities start, write the correct time on the board in digital format. Ask volunteers to write the word name for the digital times listed on the board.
Leveling for Grade 1: Round times to the nearest hour or half hour.
Let’s Talk Time
Pass out the Let's Make a Clock reproducible and have students create their own clocks. As a class, practice moving the hands of the clock to the times shown on the board.
- Emphasize the length of the hour and minute hands
- Emphasize the minute hand moves around the clock once each hour
- Emphasize the space between numbers represents five minutes (grades 2 and 3)
- Explain how the hour hand moves over the course of the hour
Time in Action
Make 12 marks on the floor with tape to create a life-size clock. Call out a time and have two students demonstrate it by standing where the hour hand should point and the minute hand should point. Give all students a chance to demonstrate time.
Practice tips: Have the class state the time students are showing and indicate whether it’s o’clock (all grades), half past (all grades), quarter past or quarter to (grades 2 and 3).
Leveling for grades 2 and 3: Have students jump from number to number and count by five.