Telling Time Activities

Written by Sierra Rein
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For pre-schoolers and children in lower grades, the most popular telling time activities involve learning about the face of the clock itself and remembering the different parts to it. Teachers will often ask their students to take cardboard and office supplies and create their very own clock, complete with minute and hour hands, second/minute markers and hour numbers. These can be kept in the classroom throughout the year and used to reinforce daily time-keeping lessons. Many teachers also use the bodies of the students themselves to create a virtual clock in the middle of the playroom and discuss how minutes relate to hours, and how hours create the span of the day itself.

Children can be given the ability to take their time telling lessons home with them to practice. Many educational companies have manufactured activity worksheet books designed to teach and drill kids of various ages on how to recognize the movements of the hands around the clock face. These books can be purchased by teachers for school use, or by parents who wish to supplement their children's learning with a few extra tools.

The most effective telling time activities are those that relate to common chores and events that a child may experience throughout the day. Writing down the time he usually gets up in the morning, how long it takes for his laundry to dry, or the time he is released from school can help a child develop a deeper understanding of the importance of a reliable schedule. Older students can also learn how to translate the 12-hour time mode to the less-common 24-hour time mode and calculate how many hours they spend sleeping, eating, playing, learning or traveling throughout the average week.

Setting Up Telling Time Activities for Your Students

Teachers can purchase a number of these pre-arranged telling time activities through scholastic and educational stores. It is important to do research regarding each activity and recognize which ones are better suited for the particular age range and grade of the students in question. Activities that are either too simple or too challenging can cause frustration and boredom among the students. Instead, it is more important to guide the students at their own learning level and change the curriculum if any rough spots are encountered.

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