Monday, November 21, 2011

Annotated Bib - Time with Animals

It's crazy to think that children don't have much experience with clocks because of the digital world we live in. Since our student's are lacking this experience coming into our classrooms, teaching math can be a challenge. However, with fun literature and interactive games, children will be actively engaged and ready to tackle the challenge of telling time! Digital or not, our students will use these skills throughout their lives, starting in our classrooms.

Bats Around the Clock. By Kathi Appelt. Illus. by Melissa Sweet. (2000) 32p. HarperCollins (9780688164690). Gr. K-2.
This fun rhyming book has bats jamming out as they are teaching kids different dances of the decades from the swim to the locomotion and time simultaneously. The bats are putting on a 12 hour performance of different types of dances. The clock advances as the show goes on. Kids will love the upbeat rhythm, the hilarious bats, and the colorful pictures.

The Clock Struck One: A Time-Telling Tale. By Trudy Harris. Illus. by Carrie Hartman. (2009) 32p. Millbrook Pr Trade. (9780822590675). Gr. K-2.
This book is a hilarious explanation of the familiar Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme. Each page contains both a digital and analog clock that changes as time passes as well as new animals! Children will love the fun explanation, all of the animals, and being able to compare the clocks along the way.

The Grouchy Ladybug. By Eric Carle. (1996) 48p. HarperCollins (9780064434508) Gr. K-2.
Eric Carle does it again with his amazing watercolor photos and kid friendly story that mixes telling time, manners, and having a positive attitude. Children will love the story about the grouchy ladybug who doesn't want to share while learning all about time. Each page includes a clock face where children can follow the ladybug along as time passes as her day goes by.

Telling Time with Big Mama Cat. By Dan Harper. Illus. by Barry and Cara Moser. (1998) 36p. HMH Books. (9780152017385) Gr. K-2.
Children will love following Mama Cat throughout her day and will especially love manipulating the clock with movable hands. Children can listen to the story and match the clock with the time of day being described in the story. A sure way to get children engaged with telling time!

What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra. Illus by Doug Cushman. (2007). 32p. Sandpiper. (9780152058500) Gr. K-2.
Mr. Crocodile plans out his day, but some crazy monkeys are trying to toy with his strict schedule. Children will love the watercolor pictures, the silly monkeys, and of course reading the clocks that are found on each page as you following Mr. Crocodile through his daily schedule.

Clock Shoot: Students will be on a mission to find the floating digital clock that matches the analog clock attached to their shooter. They click when they've found it and are armed with a new clock to match. Fun sound effects and graphics that are sure to interest the children, especially boys, in your class. This game also has three different levels whether you are working on telling time to the hour, half-hour, or quarter-hour, this game is easy to play and fun for kids.

Help Marvin Travel Through Time: Your mission is simple: help Marvin find his astronaut friend by matching clocks! Each match is more power for your spaceship. When you have reached full power you are ready to travel through time to in your rocket. Kids that are up for the challenge will love the graphics, music, and blasting off! There are four different levels available to differentiate for different learners. You can also select which type of clocks that you want to work with: analog or digital.

Hero Michael Teaches Time: This game is set up much like the Super Mario Brothers of Nintendo. This math game in a video game disguise will have kids mesmerized as they collect coins, jump through levels, and match digital and analog clocks to one another in order to level up!

Time Monsters: Professor Tempo has created an online bank of resources full of activities, games, quizzes, and in depth review of everything time. This website has monsters around every corner keeping children entertained as they review math terms, skills, and play games alongside Professor Tempo. A go to online database of resources that keeps track of a child's progress automatically- a perfect place for any child learning how to tell time!

Time Test: Quick assessment that is timed and scored along the way. A multiple choice test made up of 15 questions gives a child an analog clock and gives them three digital clock choices as the answer match. Perfect for assessing a child in a different way than a paper and pencil test.

For Teachers: VA Math Sols for Time K-2
K.9 The student will tell time to the hour, using analog and digital clocks.

Curriculum Framework
Many experiences in relating time on the hour to daily routines and school schedules (e.g., catching the bus, lunch time, recess time, and resource time) help students develop personal referents for time.
Making sense of telling time to the nearest hour is reinforced when students recognize the positions of the hands on an analog clock and identify the corresponding time to the hour.

1.8 The student will tell time to the half-hour, using analog and digital clocks.
Curriculum Framework
Many experiences using clocks help students develop an understanding of the telling of time to the half-hour, including: identifying the parts of an analog clock (minute and hour hands); demonstrating a given time to the half-hour, using a model clock; writing correct digital time to the half-hour; and relating time on the half-hour to daily routines and school schedules (e.g., the times of TV programs, bedtime, resource time, lunch time, recess time).

2.12 The student will tell and write time to the nearest five minutes, using analog and digital clocks.

Curriculum Framework
Telling time requires reading a clock. The position of the two hands on an analog clock is read to tell the time.
The use of a demonstration clock with gears ensures that the positions of the hour hand and the minute hand are precise at all times.
The face of an analog clock can be divided into 4 equal parts, called quarter hours, of 15 minutes each.

2.13 The student will determine past and future days of the week; andidentify specific days and dates on a given calendar.

Curriculum Framework
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.
Practical situations are appropriate to develop a sense of the interval of time between events (e.g., Boy Scout meetings occur every week on Monday: there is a week between meetings).

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