The analog clock is still the best way to teach time. It gives students a reference by which they can perceive “magnitude” – one time in relation to another time, or a length of elapsed time in relation to a clock time. If children can’t read an analog clock, do they understand that 3:50 is much closer to 4:00 than to 3:00?
Most of the work in these pages includes an image of a clock. Students practice writing times in different formats, and familiarize themselves with different expressions: “quarter to 5”, “twenty past 12”, “an hour and a half ago”, etc., etc.
A template and instructions for a student made clock are included. Problems begin at the basic “telling time” level, and proceed to elapsed time problems involving times of the school day within and across hours. Most of these problems are at a 2nd- to 3rd grade level, and do not include distinguishing AM and PM. All problems are to 5 minutes.
Common Core Standards:
1.MD.3: “Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.”
2.MD.7: “Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.”
3.MD.1: “Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.”
Subject: Math, Measurement, Problem solving
Level: Grades 1-3
Length/Duration: 19 pages of student work, 4-5 days total
A Smart Notebook 14 file is also included.