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Beginning Clock Concepts

Posted on : 14-08-2009 | By : InteractiveEducator | In : Telling Time

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The websites:

Classroom Applications:


Whole Class Activities:  Help your students understand the concept of a clock by building one together using the first website. To keep all of your students involved, give each child an empty paper clock face and a set of numbers (1-12). Have the students place each number where they believe it belongs on the clock face before you answer together on screen. Once you have your clocks built, introduce the minute hand and the hour hand and discuss their meanings.

Then, use the second website to practice reading times aloud to the nearest hour.

Finally, use the third website to practice telling time. Set the clock face to specific times and ask what time the clock is showing. Or, give each one of your students a small hand held clock and tell them a time to display. Walk around the classroom to check and see which students may need individual assistance. Then, have a student set the correct time on your whole class clock and have the students check to see if their times match.

Clock ThumbnailChallenge:  The purple button on the far right of the third website can be used to change the clock face. This alerts students that they need to be able to tell the time regardless of the appearance of the clock face. One of the options is a numberless face which can be used with students who need more of a challenge.