Teaching time to your kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders how to read the clock doesn’t have to be an impossible task. In fact, telling time flies when your students are having fun!
We’ve got you covered with our easy yet effective five-part telling time to the hour and the half-hour unit!
Part 1: Teaching Time Concepts with Anchor Charts
First, students need to understand the basics or fundamentals of telling time. And there are a ton of concepts to address!
Take a look at the many telling time concepts needed to teach our young learners:
- concept of time
- digital clock
- analog clock
- parts of a clock
- tools for telling time
- telling time to the hour
- telling time to the half-hour
- A.M. and P.M.
- 24 hours
- and more!
It can be overwhelming for the teacher and the students.
So we broke it down into chunks of concepts for you.
We found that starting lessons with visuals like anchor charts or concept posters is a great way to introduce each concept. Then the posters are added to a learning wall or bulletin board that students can refer to throughout the unit.
Do you have a Judy Clock to teach with? They are a must-have IMO. Just pull it out when your students are gathered on the carpet, or small group, or even whole group. It’s big, bright, and has all you need to teach using a clock.
Part 2: Time-Telling Worksheets & Hands-on Activities
Next, practice and reinforce those new telling time concepts with engaging, hands-on activities!
These two cuties made clock crowns that show their favorite time of day! 10:30 is when Emily has recess, and 5:45 is when Marcus has soccer practice!
Other great hands-on activities that teach the concepts of time include:
- Telling Time mini-book
- cutting, pasting, and coloring a clock with moveable hands
- clock cards matching games and flashcards with a pocket for interactive notebooks
- interactive notebook activity with activities on flaps and times underneath
- clock crowns
- 24-hour timeline poster
Time-telling worksheets are also a great way to reinforce concepts that are taught. Students cut and paste, color, and write and wipe at centers or small groups!
Easily check your students’ understanding with answer keys.
Part 3: Engaging Time-Telling Games and Centers
Add some fun to your students’ learning with telling time centers and games that you can use throughout the year to reinforce those concepts.
Looking to add some excitement to your students’ learning? Look no further than these engaging and interactive time-telling centers and games! Designed to reinforce important concepts, they’re perfect for incorporating into your lessons throughout the year. Upgrade your teaching arsenal and make learning fun for your students!
Print and Go!
Slip games into plastic sleeves and they are ready to use and reuse year after year. You can even slip dice, game pieces, and/or dry erase markers into the sleeves for ready-to-go centers.
Laminate matching game cards and easily store in plastic pencil boxes for a quick center activity. They are color-coded by time to the hour and time to the half-hour activities.
Part 4: BINGO Games for Even MORE Practice
Teaching time-telling is not a teach-and-forget-it kind of thing. We need to revisit new skills often throughout the year to solidify those concepts. Why not have fun and play BINGO?
These Telling Time BINGO Games are color-coded by skill: 30 telling time to the hour games are red, 30 telling time to the half-hour games are yellow, and 30 cards with both hour and half-hour times are in blue. Just print and go! Color-coded calling cards are also included.
Part 5: Add FREE Lesson Plans with the Bundle
BOOM! You’re ready! The bundle includes the products above as well as suggested lesson planning for the whole unit!