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Teaching Time – Level 1: Resources for Beginners

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Telling time is a difficult skill for second and third graders. When students get to third grade, teachers will focus on telling time to the minute and solving elapsed time problems. To complete these challenging tasks, students need to have mastered the basics of time. Below is a list of ideas and resources you can use in your classroom to help your students master the basics.

Talk About Time Each Day

  • Have your classroom schedule posted for students to see. This will help students learn how to ‘read’ time. Tell students to refer to the schedule when they have important questions about the day. (When is lunch/specials/recess? 😉 )
  • Hang an analog clock on the classroom wall. Some schools are providing teachers with digital clocks for their classrooms. Students are already exposed to digital clocks everywhere (phones, tv, microwave, etc.). They need to have exposure to analog clocks. Refer to the clock daily. (We will go over our morning work at 8:45. It’s now 8:40, so I will set the timer for 5 minutes.)

Use Manipulatives

  • Have small analog clocks available for students to use during your math unit, morning work, or math centers.
  • During the first week of school, introduce the classroom schedule using the analog clocks. Students read when math starts (9:00) and then show nine o’clock on their clock.
  • You can find many different kinds of analog clocks online for purchase. You can also print a class set or have students make them.

Basic Time Math Centers

  • Dominoes games are lots of fun! Students practice telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour with this fun math center. (click picture to download)

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  • Matching games are a great way to practice A.M. and P.M. Students have to match the time with the activity. (click picture to download)

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Time Printables for Practice & Assessment

  • These basic time printables can be used as pre and post assessments. (click picture to download)

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Online Time Resources

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All About Time Blog Series

  • Part 1: Telling Time, Resources for Beginners (You are here.)
  • Part 2: Telling Time Resources for Upper Elementary Students – coming May 16th, 2017 –
  • Part 3: Telling Time: Math Workshop in Action! – coming May 23th, 2017 –

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