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Timely Reporting

Encourage mathematical thinking as students practice real-time timekeeping while recording and graphing evening activities.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. Begin this lesson after students understand the concept of and how to read an analog clock. Review the purpose of the shorter hour hand to show the hour and longer minute hand to show minutes. Review each number on the clock also for marking five minute intervals.
    2. Inform students that they will be making their own analog clocks. Using paper plates or other large circular objects, students trace the circular shape on construction paper using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Fold a small rectangle paper in half lengthwise and draw a thick arrow cut out the arrow while still folded so the result is 2 identical arrows. Trip one stem shorter to represent the minute hand.
    3. Demonstrate for students how to pinch the outside edge of the circle in half, then in half again. These 4 small pinches on the outside edge of the circle are where the 4 major numbers (3, 6, 9, 12) will be placed. Show students how to pinch the center of the circle each time as well so there is a cross pinched in the center. Have students use erasable colored pencils to make 2 evenly spaced marks between each number. These are for all the other numbers in between the 4 major numbers.
    4. Use a brass paper fastener to press near the end of each arrow hand and at the pinched cross in the center of the clock. Attach the hands at the center of the clock. Students write their names on them and store in a safe place.
    5. Assign students to task of recording activities they participate in during the hour of their bedtime routines. They should consider including times to do each activity (such as 5 minutes to brush my teeth); have those lists available in the classroom. Students glue the hour hand in the correct place and then set the minute hand of their clock at the first time on their list. Next they draw themselves doing that activity on the clock face where the minute hand is. Repeat with other activities on their list, each time moving the minute hand and drawing a picture of that activity.
    6. Students prepare to share their activities with classmates in small groups. These clocks can then be taken home and posted to use as a guideline for when they are supervised by other relatives or a babysitter!
  • Standards

    MATH: Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.

    MATH: Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

    MATH: Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

    MATH: Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths.

    VA: Use observation and investigation in preparation for making a work of art.

    VA: Experiment with various materials and tools to explore personal interests in a work of art or design.

    VA: Demonstrate safe and proper procedures for using materials, tools, and equipment while making art.

  • Adaptations

    When students are more comfortable with time reading, have them draw mini pictures of their day; have peers put in order of suggested times.

    Students create a project similar to this expressing their whole school day; color-code morning vs. afternoon times.


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