DIY Hand Clocks
Years ago, I went to a math workshop put on by Kim Sutton. There, she taught us to use hands to help kids remember to count by fives when learning to tell time on the analog clock. At the time, most people were still using analog clocks. Now that digital clocks are the norm, analog clocks are harder for kids to relate to.
I decided to revive the hands concept and my class made analog clocks with hands for the numbers. This is the one I made at the workshop. I am using magnets to hold it on my whiteboard.
Here is what the ones my students made look like. They are easy to make. Follow the steps below to make your own.
You will need some large pieces of construction paper, a protractor, or some other object that will let you create a circle, and some scissors to cut it out. I used a marker to draw the circle so that it was easy to see when I took away the tracer.
Next, you will need some hands with the numbers on them. For my original, I used a child's hand and traced it. This time, I created some hands that were ready for cutting. I printed them on regular paper, and then I enlarged them on the photocopier so that I had a size that I was happy with. You can decide what size you would like based on the size of your circle.
Cut out the circles and then place them on the construction paper circle. If you would like to have them stand out more, you can color them in.
When they are colored, you can laminate them so that they last longer. After laminating them, cut out the hour and minute hands. On my original, I just made arrows, but for these ones, I created some pointer hands. I made multiple sets on cardstock so that I had enough for everyone. Attach them to the clock with a brad fastener.
If you would like a copy of the hand numbers and the pointer hands, click here.
April Trade and Grade
I have the pleasure of sharing a wonderful product for teaching and reviewing time created by Amna Baig of Teach Two Reach.
Springing Into Telling Time is a great product with lots of variety and activities to practice learning to tell time. It includes both math and writing activities as well as a craftivity.
We started off the unit with thinking about the different times of day and night. After discussing these and the concept of noon, midnight, a.m. and p.m., we talked about what our favorite time of day was. Then we thought about the favorite times of different creatures. This led to the writing activity in the packet.
Each child chose the creature they wanted to write about and they shared their ideas of that creature's favorite time of the day. Here are a couple of examples.
After discussing times of the day, we began to think about specific times. We began with the hours and the half hours. Most students were able to handle this part really well. Then we added the quarter hours and three quarter hours. This was more challenging for them, but they are beginning to get the idea.
We are still working on reading time with five minute intervals. Most of my grade 3s have it, but my grade 2s are still figuring it out. There are several activities to practice this concept. We will need to continue to practice for a bit longer.
Digital time is not a problem for my students. They are all able to read digital time. However, matching up digital time with the analog clock is still a challenge. Luckily, there are practice sheets for that too.
As with all concepts that we teach, games make them more fun to learn, and the kids don't realize that they are getting practice when they are playing the games. There are 2 games in this packet. The first one is I Have, Who Has. Only my grade 3s have had a chance to play this game, so far, but they really had to think about the times on the analog clocks. The grade 2s are asking when they get to play. It is a great motivator for them.
The second game is a matching game that has the digital time and the analog time. I gave this to my grade 2s and a couple of grade 3s. I chose the simpler ones for my grade 2s to do and the five minute intervals for the grade 3s. After a bit more practice, I will give all of them to my grade 2s as well.
Amna has put together a sampler pack for you to try out. If you like what you see, you might want to purchase her full packet from her TpT store. I would highly recommend it. There are many different activities to choose from. I still have some that I haven't tried yet. Click on the image below to get your free sampler.
Wow! What a busy couple of weeks this has been. I can't believe how fast time has flown. My poor blog has been neglected as I have tried to juggle a guest blog, grandchildren, spring break activities, income tax for family members, and school commitments. For the most part, it has been a time of great blessings, but I am exhausted.
I decided that I needed to get busy and connect with my blogging friends again, so I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this weeks Five for Friday.
Well, that is a glimpse of my week. Next week looks like it will be just as busy. Have a great weekend everyone.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.