Lesson Plan

A.M. or P.M.?

Help your students learn the difference between a.m. and p.m. while getting them comfortable with the idea of telling time with this lesson that has them identify whether they would do a given activity in the morning or evening.
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This math lesson plan is designed to help first grade learners deepen their understanding of time as they learn to distinguish between a.m. and p.m. throughout their day. After reviewing related key terms such as “digital,” “analog,” and “a.m./p.m.,” learners will practice sorting daily activities into two categories: a.m. (before noon) and p.m. (from noon to midnight). They will then apply what they’ve learned by choosing the correct times that they complete certain activities, such as eating breakfast, going to bed, and watching the sun rise.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to distinguish between a.m. and p.m. throughout the day.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
A.m. or P.m.?
  • Talk with your class about time. Explain to your students that being able to read time is important because it ensures that they will be on time to appointments or meetings later on in life. Tell students that reading time can also help them keep track of everything they do in a day, and is necessary to create a schedule.
  • Ask students if they know what a digital clock is. Write down your students' answers on the whiteboard.
  • Ask students if they know what an analog clock is. Write down your students' answers on the whiteboard.
  • Talk about what a.m. and p.m. mean. Define a.m. as meaning the time before noon, so from midnight to 11:59 in the morning. Define p.m. as meaning after noon, from the middle of the day until the middle of the night.
  • Write down the definitions on the whiteboard.