Telling Time Teaching Resources

Written by Sierra Rein
Bookmark and Share

One of the many challenges facing elementary teachers is to come up with a variety of telling time resources to complete and substantiate daily teaching lessons. A teacher must arm herself with a number of different resources for telling time to her students to keep her students engaged and interested. She must also be able to use these resources in creative ways to reinforce each lesson so that they can be used by the children in everyday life.

There are a lot of educational companies existing on the market today that provide schools, day camps and home schooling teachers a number of different options to help explain to children the concept of time. For example, most of them offer printed worksheets or activity books that can be used during lessons or given to students as homework. These books can include games, puzzles, fill-in-the-blank questions and challenging word problems. They can also be filled with fun graphs regarding time-related issues, like "write in how long it takes you to tie your shoe" or "ask your Mom to tell you how long it takes the laundry machine to dry your clothes."

Other companies provide visual resources, like large toy clocks with moveable hour and minute hands, or chalkboards shaped like clocks to be written on and erased at a moment's notice. A few educational teaching resources for telling time also offer wristwatches with hour and minute hands that are easily read by a child and match (by color) the hour and minute numbers on the face. Many of these wristwatches come with their own set of activity books and can be used by any child between the ages of five and eight.

Telling Time Teaching Resources for Older Students

While most people learn how to tell time at a very young age, some people need to take lessons even when they have achieved adult status. Sometimes, these lessons occur if an individual has a learning disability, or if he is learning a different language from his own. For these adults, many teachers will still utilize children's workbooks and interactive clock toys to teach daily time-telling courses. However, many adult students take offense at using "kid's" resources and would rather be given tools that are more sophisticated and less condescending in nature. It is up to the teacher to decide whether the resources on hand are appropriate or not.


Bookmark and Share