Lesson plan

Give Me Five Minutes

What time is it? Give your students an overview of time with this colorful lesson. They'll have a great time manipulating clock hands and completing a variety of worksheets.
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Students will be able to tell and write time to the nearest five minutes. They will also be able to use a.m. and p.m. when identifying the time of day.

(10 minutes)
  • Tell the class that they will watch a video on telling time.
  • Record the current time on the board.
  • Show the Telling Time for Children – Learning the Clock video.
  • After the video, record the ending time to the nearest minute. Ask the class how many minutes passed between the starting and ending times.
  • Tell the class that today they will tell and write time to the nearest five minutes using an analog clock.
(10 minutes)
  • Show the class the demonstration clock and tell them it is called an analog clock.
  • Pointing to the short hand, ask students, "What is the name of this hand?" If necessary, remind students that it is called the hour hand.
  • Repeat by pointing to the long hand and identifying it as the minute hand.
  • Moving the minute hand on the demonstration clock, count aloud the five minute intervals with the class.
  • Set the clock to 1:30. Remind the class that before telling the time, they must look at the hour hand first. Ask students to tell the time shown on the clock and write the digital time on the board. Repeat using 2:00, 3:30, 4:15.
  • Next, ask a student to set the clock to show when school begins.
  • Write the digital time on the board with the words "a.m." or "p.m." next to it.
  • Explain that a.m. means ante meridiem, or before midday, and p.m. means post meridiem, or after midday.
  • Ask the students, "Which one should I circle?" Have students explain why.
  • Show the time that school ends, and have a student read and record the time on the board. Ask the class if a.m. or p.m. should be written.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out analog clocks to the students.
  • With the digital time of 2:15 written on the board, ask students to show this time using their analog clocks. Students will compare their clocks to the demonstration clock. Repeat with 4:35, 6:40, and 7:10.
  • Ask the class to show you their lunch time. Allow time for student responses. Model the times on the demonstration clock and record the digital times on the board.
  • Ask students, "Do I write a.m. or p.m. behind our lunch time?"
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Five Minute Intervals and A.M and P.M. worksheets.
  • Remind students that they may use their analog clocks for help.
  • Monitor students to provide support when needed.
  • Enrichment: Allow advanced students to pair up with their analog clocks to quiz each other on telling time to the nearest five minutes. They can also work on the My Day worksheet if they finish any assignments early.
  • Support: Give struggling students one-on-one assistance with completing their worksheets.
(5 minutes)
  • To check for student understanding, monitor the classroom as students are working on their analog clocks and worksheets.
  • Check students' worksheets for correctness.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to share what they learned in today's lesson.
  • For a quick review, students can use the demonstration clock to show different times.

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