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Telling Time to the Nearest Five Minutes - Interactive Activities

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Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: 2

Read different clock faces to the nearest 5 minutes.

Time is a Funny Thing

Have you ever realized that your brain will try to guess what time it is before you look at a clock?

“It’s gotta be close to noon,” you say to yourself.  

*checks watch* 

Essentially, we learn to develop a gut feeling of time by tuning our “internal clocks” to the rhythms of our lives. We develop a sense for a second, a minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. 

Even if your prediction is wildly off, your developed sense of time kicks into gear. And you use a physical clock to check the accuracy of your instinct.

With students, we can “reverse engineer” the development of a sense of time by first learning how to read a clock. 

Practice Telling Time to the Nearest 5 Minutes

Help your students get a feeling for the time by applying the correct time to the faces of clocks! 

To play, display the slides to your class. Use choral response or call on students to identify the time on analog clocks and find the matching representation.  

This resource includes nine slides with five different time-matching activities for students to practice telling and writing time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

NOTE: Display Google Slides in Edit mode (instead of Present mode) to use the interactive features.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

This drag-and-drop activity reinforces telling time to the nearest five minutes.

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing a differentiated clock to use during the activity. This clock helps students understand the minutes associated with each number on the clock. Once students are comfortable, ask them to complete the activities without the clock.

Challenge students who easily understand the concepts to add or subtract 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes to each clock.

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Apply 3 More Lessons through this Activity 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource for students to work on in your math group, individually, or as a whole class. 

However, check out our suggestions for using this activity to reinforce your lessons in other ways too: 

🧮 Count by 5s

Use this activity to reinforce skip counting by 5s with your students. Using the clocks, have students count by 5s starting at the time listed. Encourage students to refer to a number line or desk plate if they need a reminder. 

🍽️ “Think” in Times

Using the clock times as a guide, ask students what they would be doing. For example:

What meal did you just finish?

Are you awake or asleep?

Are you at school or home?

What extracurricular activities would you be doing?

How long does that activity last?

What if it was a.m. or p.m? 

🔢 Put Times in Numerical Order

Students will use their knowledge of place value to put the times in the order they would occur on a clock. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to make a copy of this Google Slides resource. 

NOTE: Display Google Slides in Edit mode (instead of Present mode) to use the interactive features.

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