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Time, Time, Go Away, Please Come Back Another Day

Kate Theodore


Is it time yet? Through the use of clocks, the children will learn to understand and tell time using analog and digital time.


The student demonstrates an understanding of time using digital and analog clocks (for example, hour and half-hour intervals).


-Markers (one per student)
-Construction Paper (one per student)
-Demonstration Analog Clock (for the teacher)
-Demonstration Digital Clock (for the teacher)
-Pre-made clocks( one for each student)


1. Gather materials.
2. Make or purchase one demonstration clock and 1 clock for each student.


In a small or large group:
1. Discuss time using the demonstration clock. The clock is numbered one through twelve. Each number stands for a time.We can tell time in two ways: they both use numbers. The analog clock requires two hands and numbers. The large hand represents the minutes and the small hand represents the hour. The digital clock requires numbers. The hour is separated from the minute by using two dots. Show several examples of telling time using both analog and digital clocks.

2. Children come one by one to the board as the teacher calls out the time to put the hands on the clock, and put the hour and the minutes on the digital clocck.

3. Each student will then go to their desk. Pass out pre-made clocks. Have the chiildren move the hands to show their favorite time of day. Have them draw a picture of what they are doing at that time of day. Have them write what time it is in analog and digital time.


As the student moves the hands on his/her clock, the teacher circulates to make sure their time matches what was demonstrated in the whole group. (i.e. Are the hour and minute hands correct for the time they picked etc.). Positive feedback and help is given to the students that are not matching the hands correctly or are telling the wrong time.
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