Show the students the Telling the Time Poster and discuss the features of the analog clock e.g. the hour, minute and second hands. Discuss how the second hand has to click through 60 intervals on the clock before one minute has passed while the minute hand has to click through 60 intervals on the clock before one hour has passed.
Challenge the students to guess how long one minute is. Ask the students to close their eyes and raise their hand when they think one minute is up. Tell the students that you will lower their hand if they are too early. Clap your hands when the minute is up
Allow the students to watch the second hand go around the clock once. Challenge them to try again to guess when the minute is up. Discuss whether or not the task was easier the second time.
Attach a large hula hoop to the board. Ask the students:
What do you think we are going to do?
What numbers do you see on an analog clock?
How many hands are on an analog clock? What are they called?
As a class, create an analog clock inside the hula hoop. Call students up to the clock and ask them to draw in the hour and minute hand for different times (o’clock only).
Provide the students with a copy of the Telling the Time Clock Template (it is best to photocopy this on white card so that it lasts longer) and a minute and hour hand.
Assist the students to make their analog clock. (Note: Don’t get the students to cut the tabs this lesson). Focus on the minute and hour hand and using these hands to tell the time.
Call out different hour times and allow the students to create these times on their analog clock.
Revise the content of the lesson by asking the students to share something they have learned about telling the time on an analog clock.
Encourage more capable students to make quarter past, half past and quarter to times on their clock template.
Ensure enough time and assistance is provided for students who are struggling to make their clocks.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities