Telling time is one of those skills that kiddos either get completely or really struggle to grasp. My small group for math is working on telling time to the hour and half-hour (with a few students who like to get fancy with 15 minute intervals). We’ve worked with clocks and watched a BrainPop Jr. video on the parts of a clock. But, I wanted to do an activity that was super engaging AND productive.
So, naturally, I hit up Pinterest last night and was inspired by this post on Chalk & Slate. I
stole borrowed her great idea for a wristwatch activity. I’m glad I devoted the entire session to the project because it took the whole time! Here’s how I did it!
–blank clock faces (I copy/pasted them onto a sheet @ 1.6″ each)
–strips of construction paper cut to roughly 2″
–recording sheet with students’ names
–scissors, glue sticks, and pencils for each student
1. Before the start of school, I got everything run off and ready.
2. I had the students cut the clock faces out, glue them onto the strips of construction paper, and write whatever time they wanted onto the clock.
3. Then, they brought their wristwatch to me and I attached them by cutting off the extra paper and taping the band around their wrist to size.
4. I passed out the recording sheet that had all the student’s names, and then the students were tasked to ask their peers, “What time is it?” They had to read each other’s wristwatches and record the time.
5. When the kiddos were done, we checked that everyone had gotten the same time and they were done!
The finished product!
This was a great activity! It worked so well to keep the students engaged (the whole time!), which meant I had no behavior issues! It also tapped into their fine motor skills, their ability to follow directions, and their communication skills. It was a social activity that didn’t get out of hand. I also made sure I was taking them step-by-step through it, to keep them moving, and they were on task the whole time. Plus, I did it with them, so they thought it was super funny to come ask me the time, too. The best part, though, was that I think it reinforced the main idea of reading time from an analog clock.
In other news, I had my first observation by a professor from my education department. It went well. There were no glaring mistakes made by me and the feedback I received was mostly positive. But, it also reinforced the dichotomy between teaching in theory and in practice. I had to take some of the suggestions with a grain of salt, because the reality is that only so much is doable each day. Sometimes, it’s just about getting through and making it as productive and beneficial to the students as possible. That’s all us teachers can strive to accomplish every day.
Have a good weekend! ~T