Worksheets For Teaching Time

Written by Sierra Rein
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Most teachers and teach-at-home parents use special worksheets to teach their students how to read and write within the concept of time. Used in conjunction with visual aids, colorful wristwatches and toy clocks, these worksheets can be brought home as homework or utilized to test young children in class. Most of the time, these worksheets are introduced to children when they are just starting Kindergarten (aged five or six) and can be integrated into the curriculum through first, second and third grades. Many teachers create their own worksheets; however, others choose to purchase professionally organized ones through an educational supply store.

Examples of Worksheets for Teaching Time

The most effective worksheets for teaching time begin with the basics, such as having the child draw the hour numbers and five-minute interval spaces on a blank clock face several times. Repetition is a key to these worksheets, especially as the child learns the relationship between the different parts of the clock. The next worksheets may then challenge the child to draw in, for example, "a minute hand pointing to the 43rd minute and the hour hand almost to the eight...this means it's 7:43!" These beginning worksheets can introduce both reading and writing the time on the clock face itself.

More advanced worksheets for telling time may offer multiple choice or "matching" games, whereby a series of clocks are shown alongside a series of jumbled times. The child can be asked to draw a line between each clock to the right time on its face. Or, he can be asked to look at a clock and circle one of three to five possibilities. This last challenge may be tricky for some children, especially if the answers are "5:00, 5:30 or 5:10," and requires them to pay attention to details.

Of course, the most advanced children's worksheets will have the student look at a printed clock and write in the time, or even solve word problems associated with it. A child could be asked to see a clock reading 3:25 and be asked questions like "What time will it be in 45 minutes? One hour and 15? What time was it three and a half hours ago?" These questions will train growing minds to develop the ability to deal with abstract time concepts and learn how to apply them in everyday life.

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