Time to Tell Time: Showing and Writing Time

Becoming fluent in reading analog and digital clocks can be very “time” consuming. This interactive lesson will engage young learners while reinforcing an important skill.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Compare and Contrast Clocks pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Compare and Contrast Clocks pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to tell time using analog and digital clocks.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
• Gather the students together in a group, and explain that they will be learning about analog and digital clocks.
• Ask the students what the difference is between an analog clock and a digital clock.
• Ask the students which clock is easier to use to tell time and why.
• Show the students the analog clock. Explain to the students that an analog clock uses moving hands to show time. The long hand tells the minutes, and the short hand tells the hour. Ask the students what time the analog clock is currently displaying.
• Show the students the digital clock. Explain to the students that a digital clock shows the time with numbers.
• Point to the colon on the clock. Explain to the students that a colon is a punctuation mark that is used to separate the hours from the minutes in time. Explain to the students that the numbers on the left of the colon show the hour, and the numbers on the right of the colon show the minutes.

Beginning

• Provide students with pictures of an analog clock and a digital clock with parts labeled in both English and their home language (L1). Parts may include: hour hand, minute hand, colon, numbers, hour, minutes, etc.
• Ask students to come up to the front of the room to find the analog clock or the digital clock. Encourage and guide students to point and orally label the parts of each clock, using their pictures for support.

Intermediate

• Have students compare and contrast each type of clock.
• Provide sentence stems to support their sharing, such as:
• An analog clock is the same as a digital clock because ________.
• An analog clock is different from a digital clock because ________.