Help students develop compare and contrast skills while they examine digital and analog clocks. This lesson can be used independently or in conjunction with the lesson Time to Tell Time: Showing and Writing Time.
Students will be able to tell time using analog and digital clocks.
Students will be able to compare and contrast characteristics of analog and digital clocks with more complex sentences using sentence frames and peer discussions for support.
Make sure all clocks in the classroom are covered.
Explain to the students that today they will be exploring different types of clocks that tell time. Say, "I want you to close your eyes and think about the different types of clocks you've seen. Think about the size, shape, numbers, and parts of the clock. When you have an image in your mind, turn and talk to an elbow partner and try to describe what the clock looks like."
Provide sentence frames for students to use when sharing out, such as:
The clock I'm thinking about is ________ (size, shape, etc.) and you tell time using ________ (hands, numbers, etc.).
Allow a few students to share out their ideas and record them on the whiteboard for students to refer to throughout the lesson. Students may describe a parent's watch, iPod, iPad, computer clock, or other versions of digital clocks. Get out the analog clock and digital clock and display them where all students can see.
Explain to the students that today they will be comparing and contrasting analog and digital clocks.