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Four in a Row Game - Telling Time to the Hour and Half Hour

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Google Slide, PDF | 13 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Students match analog and digital clock times on their game board to tell the time in 30 minute and hour increments.

⏰ Practice Telling Time to the Half Hour & Hour

In this activity, students put number recognition, clock understanding, and critical thinking skills to use! 

This game practices time identification on digital and analog clocks

To play, students pick a version to play and a game board. Players take turns pulling a calling card, identifying the time on their game board and covering it with a manipulative. The first player to get four squares in a row is the winner!

Through this activity, students will show they can tell the time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource for students to practice independently in your math center

Support struggling students by starting with the digital clock version before moving on to the analog clocks. Students can also use your parts of the clock poster or an anchor chart as a visual reference for telling time. 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to shuffle the calling cards and put them in numerical order. 

Plus, check out these suggestions for using this activity in other ways! 

🛴 Scoot Activity

Shuffle the analog clock calling cards to randomize them and number cards 1-24. Place the clock cards around the room in numerical order and instruct students to number a sheet of paper 1-24. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record the time in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

🃏 Upcycle into Playing Cards

Use the calling cards to play card games like Match It, Go Fish, or Snap to match analog and digital clock times. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


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