Lesson Plan

Counting Hours: What Time Is It?

Give first graders a sense of time by introducing them to telling time by the hour. Students who have mastered the numbers 1 to 12 will be eager to keep the class on a time schedule.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to tell time on the hour using an analog clock.

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

(10 minutes)
  • Call the students together as a group.
  • Ask the students what item is used to tell time.
  • Take responses by raised hands.
  • Inform the students that clocks come in all shapes and sizes.
  • Inform the students that today they will be using an analog clock, or a clock that has rotating hands.

Beginning

  • Point to the clock in the classroom as you say "analog clock." Bring examples of digital clocks and watches.
  • Ask students to name places other than school where they have seen clocks. List student responses on the board.

Intermediate

  • Define "rotating hands" as the pointers on a clock that move in a circle. Show students the hands on the classroom clock.
  • Tell students to share with a partner at what time they do different activities, using the sentence frame, "I ________ at ________." Brainstorm ways to complete the sentence frame using the shared school schedule for context.