- First Grade
- 65 minutes
- Standards: 1.MD.B.3
Teach your students the secrets behind reading an analog clock with this lesson that has students make their own practice clock and complete a worksheet to put their new skills to the test.
Students will be able to read a clock.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- Read The Grouchy Ladybug aloud.
- Ask students if they saw a pattern, or anything involving math, in the book.
- Tell the class that today they will make clocks to practice telling time.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Show the class your premade clock.
- Talk about the different hands, and what they represent. Tell your students that the long hand points to the number of minutes, and the short hand points to the hour.
- Let your students know that every number on the clock represents five minutes, and that this means there are 60 minutes in an hour.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Pass out the My Own Clock worksheet.
- Have students cut carefully along the black lines.
- Show the class how your clock is held together with the brass fastener.
- When they are ready, pass out the brass fasteners to put the hands on the clock face.
- Ask the class to show you specific times, modeling them yourself with your clock.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Pass out the Digital Watch worksheet.
- Have students complete the worksheet.
- Rotate around the room assisting struggling students.
- Enrichment: Students can complete supplemental worksheets or pair up to test each other on clock positions.
- Support: Practice clock reading in smaller groups or have students pair up to complete the worksheet.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Observe students during clock modeling to monitor whether or not they are able to find the correct times.
- Check worksheets for correctness.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Play a review game where you ask the class to display certain times. Alternatively, use your clock to display a time and ask students to name the time.
- Ask students to voice any questions or concerns they may have about the subject.