Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks

Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
Telling Time: Critical Thinking Problems with Broken Clocks
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You think your students know how to tell time? Fuggetaboutit!

Seriously, you may be teaching your students the procedure for telling time ("First, look at the hour hand, then look at the minute hand, then ask your teacher to help you...."), but believe you me, there are a lot of misconceptions they have about how to tell time. Like the relationship between the hour and the minute hand.

This is a set of activities to develop a deeper understanding of how minutes and hours work on a clock by investigating a set of broken clocks. Print out the 9 examples, cut them up and leave them in stations around the room. Students go from station to station, "fixing" the broken clocks and describing what was wrong with the placement of the hands. Fun for everyone!

The reason I created this was because I noticed students thought that 9:30 was when the hour hand was on the 9 and the minute hand on the 6. Well, half correct: the hour hand is exactly between the 9 and the 10.

The same is true for 6:30, where many yutes (and adults!) believe that the minute and hour hand both point to the 6. Snap, no! The hour hand has to be in between the 6 and the 7. There are also examples where the hands are reversed, and where both the minute and hour hand are in the wrong place.

This comes with an answer key, a complete description of how to run the lesson (including 3 incredibly old and corny "time" riddles), a sample of students' work AND AND AND a blank clock where students can make their own riddle. ABBONDANZA!
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