Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tick, Tock, Time..... Freebie

For the past two weeks, my math focus has been telling time.  In third grade, this was one of my least favorite units because of elapsed time.  Teaching elapsed time has to be one of my least favorite things to each.  It's right up there with borrowing across zero.  It's just no fun, especially when the elapsed time includes hours and minutes.

Our second grade standard requires our second graders to tell time to the nearest five minute.  So we hae been practicing hard.   Here's some highlights from our fun!

Practicing telling time can be a little bit dry, so these pretzel clocks made several appearances in my classroom over the past few weeks.  Even though they were basically Judy clocks made of pretzels, my kiddos loved them.  I got the idea from The Weekly Hive.   I simply gave kiddos their clocks, two pretzel sticks and a paper with several blank clocks.  I called out times and had my students make them on the clock and then transfer to one of their clocks.

We also played several games of scoot/move about math for time.  This was perfect because it got my kids up and moving around the room on a couple days where we had indoor recess.  I got my telling time to hour, half hour and quarter hour scoots from Have Fun Teaching.  I got so many awesome resources from Have Fun Teaching for my time unit, especially worksheets for quick formative assessments and my scoot and bingo games.

We will be assessing telling time tomorrow but I wanted a few fun games for my kids to play to reinforce some areas where there was still some holes, so I created this activity pack to review telling time to the five minute.  My kids are solid with time to the hour and half hour but could still use some practice on time to the five minute, especially when the time gets to be 5:45, 5:50, 5:55.  No matter ho many times we sing, "If it's in between go back.  If it's in between go back" about the hour hand, some of my kids have a hard time making it stick for time that get closer to the next hour.

So I created this little activity pack for my darlings to play tomorrow.  Included are a Connect Four Telling Time Game, a time matching activity and a time to the five minute scoot. 

I have upload this activity pack to Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can check out all the details on this activity pack {here}

One of my favorite things to do when teaching time is doing time checks.  I have students keep this on their desk and then call out time check several different times a day.  They love it and it's great practice.  I occasionally put them on their desk when we are not studying time too, it serves as a great review. :)
Click {here} to download your own free copy! :)

Friday is almost here! I'm hoping, hoping, hoping for a snow day tomorrow! A four day weekend would be so beautiful but I'm not holding my breath.  Even a delay would be beautiful.  Although, we don't started until 9:30, so I feel like we are delayed most days.  :)


  1. I am a new follower. I am Tricia and I teach kindergarten in Ross. I saw your name on the Tri State get together Invitation at the Cheesecake Factory. I am pretty excited to meet and learn from others in the area. I just wanted to introduce myself and say hello.

    Queen with Class

  2. I love this! Thanks for the Time Check...what awesomeness! Quite often, we shrink our papers to shave off some $$ for copying. This will work wonderfully with our "two per page" because the children like smaller pieces of paper and this can easily be taped to their desk for the day. Kudos to you!


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzlin' Second Graders!

  3. How do you do your cute downloads. I'd like to learn the program so I could do a few of those too on my teaching blog! They are beautiful and so helpful too!

    1. I make most of my files in Powerpoint and use graphics I purchased from various websites! I hope this helps! :)


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