10 lessons and 10 Resources to teach students how to tell time

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I remember being around my son’s age and learning how to tell time. It was easy to learn the difference between 1 PM and 1:30 PM but it took me a while to learn what a quarter after meant or half past meant on an analog clock. In this day and age of digital time many students really don’t know the terms how to correctly tell time. Shocking but true and we as educators are looking for ways to teach students the classic way of telling time but trying to figure out how to do it digitally too. Well, have no fear, Ryan is here to give everyone PK-4th how you can teach you students time from classic analog to dicing it up with digital tools.

1. One of the first ones I’m going to point out is my favorite iPad App, Stick Around, there are many ways to you can create puzzles to teach students time. I made a few up using a combination of original images I made both in the App, Google Drawing and The Noun project. Teach a normal lesson on the different time spots and then create a Stick Around Puzzle based on them. Here are my examples.
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2. Another amazing digital resource and App is GeoBoard by Math Learning CenterScreen Shot 2015-06-21 at 7.36.01 AM. This free App is available on iPad, Windows and Online. The GeoBoard Wheel is design to teach students not only math but also telling time. You can adjust the rubber bands to teach students how to tell time or create lessons on what terms like: a quarter past, quarter to or half past really mean. Give it a try.
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3. Want a simple way to teach students how to tell time? Use dominoes. Yes, dominoes, you can use dominoes to teach students time but using various domino numbers and have students create clocks using them. You can even have students create puzzles and lessons using Apps like Stick Around or Google Drawing to use as exit tickets for students.Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 7.10.30 AM

4. Speaking of analog if you don’t like dominoes, dice work just as well. There are dozens of lessons on both pinterest and educlipper to use dice in classroom exercises to teach students time. Have them roll the dice and have them either place or write down the correct time on a section of a worksheet design around a clock.Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 7.36.01 AM

5. One exercise I love using with my students is using a random name selector App and pulling out a random time that is shown digitally and then students must draw the time as if it would appear on an analog clock. I have found this works great with students on teaching them time.

6. The best Apps I have found that work with students are: Telling Time and Bugs and Numbers. Both Apps have telling time sections that will teach students how to tell time based on analog but in a digital ecosystem. This works great with students in PK-1st grade, my own son has really excelled in learning time with these two Apps.

7. If you love time games, check out Free Online Games from Woodlands Resources. There are several online games that can be accessed on any device on teaching students time from classic time setting to Stop the Clock.

8. You know I love using dice, place hour sets on one dice and minute sets on another and have students roll. Have them combine them and have them write down what happens at those times. Make sure you include AM and PM to give students more options in their story telling. An example would be if a student rolls 10:50 PM. They would say: “I’m in bed at that time and my dad is walking the dog one last time before he goes to bed too.”Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 7.35.55 AM

9. Bang on Time is a classic Stop the Clock game that students will love. It teaches how to stop the clock from the classic High Noon to two minutes past three.

10. Final one is a Get Outside activity I have been doing since I was in third grade. Take students out on a sunny day and have them stand in one spot during peak times in the day. Once in the morning, once during lunch and then just before school ends for the day. You can either take photos on a digital device or use chalk. You teach students how time flows like a real life sun dial. Dice things up and create a stop motion movie based on the pictures using Apps like Nutshell or Adobe Voice or even Google Slides to show the transition.

Resources
Miss Giraffe Classroom
The Teacher’s Notebook

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