Time Unit

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  • Human Clock: 12 students sit in a circle.  Each student holds a number (1-12).  Two students will act as the "hands" of the clock. The teacher  calls out the time and the hands must lie down next to the correct number.
  • Handmade Student Clocks: (Materials: paper plates, construction paper, paper fasteners) Show students how to write the numbers of the clock on the paper plates. Have students decorate their clocks any way they would like.  Have them cut out two hands from the construction paper.  Fasten the hands to the plate with a paper fastener.
  • Rock Around the Clock: Use the song "Rock Around the Clock" to teach time.  Students, using their handmade clocks, show the time as the song plays.  After they have heard the song a few times, ask them questions like "What happens when the clock strikes 1?" or "At what time do they yell for me?" (Questions are based on the lyrics)
  • *Schedule: Students receive a worksheet with boxes.  During the day, they write the activities they do and the time the activities begin and end.
  • *Daily Schedule: Students receive a copy of a daily schedule.  For each time, students write a sentence from the transparency sheet and illustrate it in the box.  This activity will reinforce the concept of morning, afternoon, and evening. (In Worksheets section under Time Activity Part 1 and Part 2)
  • Daily Word Problems: Post two word problems based on the concept of time daily.
  • TV Guide: Give students a copy of a TV schedule.  Students then receive an allotted amount of time.  They must calculate and plan what TV shows they can watch in the allotted time.  For example, if you give them 3 hours, they must write down the name of the show, the time, how long it will run, and when it ends.  All shows/movies must fit in the 3 hour time slot and not go over. (Go to the Teaching Time Website to find a copy of a TV schedule)
  • Time Through the Ages: We review ways we can tell time besides a clock or a watch.  Students learn about the hours in a day, minutes in an hour, etc, based on the movements of the sun.  Then, students create a sundial and learn to tell time using the sun. To learn more about the history of telling time, look at the History of Clocks section. If you would like to learn how your students can make sundials, then click here. Teachers can also introduce the hour glass--using a stopwatch or regular clock, students track the time in an hour glass. 


Learning Center Activities:

  • Memory Time Game: (Materials: index cards, markers, clock stamp) You will need two sets of index cards. One set will have digital time and the second set will have clock time.  Place the cards face down into rows and columns (just like the old Memory game). Students need to match the digital time to the clock time.
  • Time File Folder Game: Photocopy, color and paste the time activity onto a file folder. Use Velcro to attach pieces to the file folder.
  • Task Cards: (Materials: task cards, stop watch, recording sheet, scrap paper, rubber stamp clock) Place materials in large ziplock bag or container. With a partner (3 students the most), complete the tasks and write down results. Some tasks can be: How many jumps can you do in 1 minute? or How long does it take to write your name and address.


Internet Activities: (for Kids)

Teaching Time
Room 108 Time Clock

Kid Klock

The Clock Quiz (created by second graders)
Snap Dragon-Tell the time

Jayzeebear Clock

Bang on Time

Stop the Clock



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Teaching Time: This website has games, activities, flashcards, and worksheets on teaching time. This is the first place to visit!

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