Telling time falls under the measurement unit of math. What we think of telling time encompasses a lot more then just telling time on a clock. Time is also related to days of the week, months and calendar. Children can learn a lot about time and should start learning about it at the beginning of the year and throughout the entire school year. Time is more important for kids to learn today because of the digital world that we live in. We need kids to understand how to tell time on an analogue clock and to understand how it works and is also related to calendar. The books listed here are helpful for students anywhere from first to second grade.
A Second is A Hiccup. By Hazel Hutchins. Illus. by Kady Macdonald Denton. 2004. 40p. Arthur A. Levine Books, (978-0439831062). Gr. 1-2.
This is such a fun book about time. It starts off by asking how long a second is, and then continues throughout asking questions about how long a day is, how long a week, how long a month is etc. After each question is posed, they give examples of what could take that long. This book covers seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and a year. This is a great book to get students thinking about time and calendar.
All In A Day. By Cynthia Rylant. Illus. by Nikki McClure. 2009. 32p. Abrams Books for Young Readers, (978-0810983212). Gr. K-3.
This is a really great book about what happens in a day. The illustrations are very different and really eye catching. This is a great book for kids to use in relation to calendar and when talking about the hours in a day. They mention morning time and evening in addition to past and future. An easy and fun read for kids.
Bats Around the Clock. By Kathi Appelt. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. 2000. 32p. HarperCollins, (978-0688164690). Gr. 1-2.
I loved this book! This book starts with an introduction to Click Dark, the band stand host who is leading us through a twelve hour program. Each page has a clock and shows the different hours that the bats are dancing. There is lots of rhyming and the illustrations are great. A super fun read for kids.
Clocks and More Clocks. By Pat Hutchins. Illus. by author. 1970. 32p. Macmillan Publishing Company, (978-0689717697). Gr. 2-3.
Although an older book, this is a great story for kids who are learning about time. Pat plays with the students minds as they try to figure out why each clock in the gentleman's house is off by a minute or two. By the end of the story you realize it is because that is how long it takes the man to get from the top of the house to the living room. This book is also great because he page contains a clock for students to read.
Five Minutes' Peace. By Jill Murphy. Illus. by author. 1986. 32p. Walker Books, (978-1406320831). Gr.K-2.
This is another adorable story about time. Mrs. Large simply wants just 5 minutes to herself without her children around and that seems too much to ask. Her children keep coming in to ask her if they can do something for a minute or show her something. She ends up going back into the kitchen for just under 3 minutes peace and quiet.
Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries. By Joan Sweeney. Illus. by Annette Cable. 2000. 32p. Crown Publishers, Inc. (978-0440417514). Gr.K-2.
In this book we learn a lot about time and calendar. A young girl is making plans for her seventh birthday and thinking about how she got to that age. This books covers all the calendar elements as well as actual time. The end also lists all the time vocabulary that was used and the actual numerical values that go with them (ie: 7 days=1 week).
Tuesday. By David Wiesner. Illus. by author. 1991. 32p. Clarion Books, (978-0395551134). Gr.K-3.
This is a beautiful picture book about events that took place on a Tuesday. The only words that are written in this book are the times that the events are taking place. Kids will have a fun time envisioning the events taking place when reading this book. This book was awarded a Caldecott Medal and you'll see why when reading this book.
This is a fun website that allows students to practice their calendar skills. They are given a calendar and asked several questions. This site does require Java plug in.
Songs for Teaching
This link will take you to a fun song to help students learn days of the week! They have a sample of the song but you could easily put it to other music. This website offers several songs for ALL the calendar options.
Telling Time Worksheets
This is another great website resource for teachers. It contains several different worksheets for telling time. There are options for simple telling time by the hour, drawing in hands, quarter hour etc. There are several links on the page so you can decide what is going to be best for you.
Telling Time Bingo Lesson Plan
This website is a lesson plan for teachers on how to play telling time bingo! I thought this was a fun way to get students active and enjoying telling time. This could be taught whole group or placed at a math station for older students.
This is a GREAT websites with LOTS of different things to help teachers and students learn telling time concepts. The link I've selected and put here takes you to a large clock that you can manipulate the hours, minutes etc. As you alter the clock, the background changes according to AM/PM and shows the sun and the moon. There is also an option to show/hide a digital clock to represent the time you've selected.
What Time Is It?
Another great game for students! This game shows students an analogue clock with a time that they must match to the correct digital time clock underneath. This will give students great practice with analogue clocks.
Virginia Standards of Learning
2.12 The student will tell and write time to the nearest five minutes, using analog and digital clocks.
2.13 The student will
a) determine past and future days of the week; and
b) identify specific days and dates on a given calendar
Background Information from Curriculum Framework
• Telling time requires reading a clock. The position
of the two hands on an analog clock is read to tell
the time. A digital clock shows the time by
displaying the time in numbers which are read as the
hour and minutes.
• The calendar is a way to represent units of time
(e.g., days, weeks, and months).
• Using a calendar develops the concept of day as a
24-hour period rather than a period of time from
sunrise to sunset