Telling Time with The Grouchy Ladybug

  • First Grade
  • Math
  • 65 minutes
  • Standards: 1.MD.B.3
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July 22, 2015
by Jen Kessel

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.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to read a clock.

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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.

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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.

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