Learning how to tell and write time on both a digital and analogue clock is a first grade, Common Core math skill: 1.MD.3. Below we show two videos that demonstrate this standard. Then, we provide a breakdown of the specific steps in the videos to help you teach your class.
There are no common core standards for telling time on clocks in Kindergarten. This will be the first standard that students will be learning that specifically addresses time on clocks. However, in Kindergarten, they were exposed to aspects of time such as morning, afternoon, and evening. While reading a clock may be new to most students, this 1st grade skill expands their understanding of the aspects of time they were exposed to in Kindergarten.
Later, your students will learn to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, both a.m. and p.m. (2. MD.7). They will learn to tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. And further on, they will solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes (3. MD.1).
Common Core Standard: 1.MD.3 - Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks.
Students who understand this principle can:
2 Videos to Help You Teach Common Core Standard: 1.MD.3
Below we provide and breakdown two videos to help you teach your students this standard.
Video 1: Helping Betsy the Beaver Tell Time
The video follows Betsy the Beaver who needs to get ready to go to a friend’s house. She needs to make sure she has the right time on both her digital and analogue clocks.
Betsy looks at the digital clock on her wall. The video explains that:
Betsy then checks her analogue watch to make sure she has the right time. The video explains that:
Besty gets ready and it takes her one half-hour, or 30 minutes to finish. It is now 5:30. The video looks at what 5:30 looks like on both clocks.
On the digital clock:
On the analogue clock:
Video 2: Telling and Writing Time with Boddle
The video starts by teaching your students how to tell time using digital clocks. All students have to do is read through the numbers.
The first example is 8:30. Boddle reminds students that we need to read two numbers, separated by a colon. The video reads out the time, highlighting the numbers as they are said.
The second example is 2:00.
Next, the video moves onto additional practice reading digital time. Your students can match the digital clock to the written time.
After, Boddle goes on to tell time using analogue clocks. It provides information on what the pieces of a clock mean and how to read them.
The video then practices reading analogue clocks. Boddle presents 2 clocks for students to read the time from.
After, Boddle tests your students' skills by having them match digital clocks to the correct analogue clock. There are four examples for your students to practice on. Each example, Boddle reviews the placements of the hour and minute hands, guiding students to the correct answer.
The clocks’ times and correct letter choice are 6:00 (B), 1:30 (A), 12:00 (D), and 6:30 (C).
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*Information on standards is gathered from The New Mexico Public Education Department's New Mexico Instructional Scope for Mathematics and the Common Core website.