Monday, November 21, 2011

Annotated Bib - Telling Time

Telling time seems like it would be a pretty basic concept. As adults, we're used to it being a part of our daily routine. Young children don't have the same experiences we do. It's imperative that we introduce students to the concept of telling time in a meaningful and relevant fashion. These resources will help you do that! They are focused on introducing time to younger students, especially telling time to the hour.

Monster Math School Time By Grace Maccarone. (1997). 32pp. illus by Marge Hartelius. Cartwheel. (978-0590308595) Grades K-1.
This is a simple tale about Monsters who go through daily life activities every hour. Hour times are talked about in text, shown and illustrated on analog clocks on each page. This would be a great introduction to the topic!

Chimp Math By Anne Whitehead Nagda. (2002). 32pp. Henry Holt and Co. (978-0805066746). Grades K-2.
Chimp Math details the daily routine of a baby chimpanzee. The authors go through their day to day with clock faces, timelines and calendars. This is a good introduction to telling time but could also be used in a calendar lesson as well.

It's about Time, Max! By Kitty Richards. (2008). 27pp. illus by Gioia Fiammenghi. Live Oak Media. (978-1430106319). Grades K-1.
This story is about Max and the times of day he goes through activities. It does include some times that are not exactly the hour mark that the SOL covers, but it would be a good tool to use with students who have a strong grasp on the hour concept. It also has a note page at the end explaining a lot of information about clocks and clock faces.

Me Counting Time By Joan Sweeny. (2001). 32pp. illus by Annette Cable. Dragonfly Books. (978-0440417514). Grades K-1.
This book is about a girl learning about the many facets of time. As such, it doesn't solely focus on the hour marker mentioned in the SOL, but it could still be a good tool to use with advanced students or as a general introduction. It also contains a note page at the end that goes through the different ways time can be measured.

Clockwise: A Time-Telling Tale By Sarah Pinto. (2006) 32pp. illus. Bloomsbury
USA. (978-1582346694). Grades K-1.
This story is about Thomas and the errands he runs with his family. During his daily routine, he encounters many clocks and uses them to figure out what time it is. It covers many different times of day, but on one page it breaks down an easy way to estimate the time. It lists "confusing" times, like 4:45, and "simple" times, showing only the hour hand on an analog clock. It would be a good instructional tool to use because it goes through how analog clocks work and how to read them easily.

Web Sites
Parts of a Clock Lesson
This page is a good overview of what students should learn in an introduction to telling time. It gives lesson ideas and printable resources to use.

On Time Clock Game

This game encourages students to move the clock hands to match the given digital time. It would be good practice for students who already have an introduction to the topic but still need to see it in action a few more times.


This website has a lot of resources for both students and teachers. Student resources include quizzes, games and practice with telling time. Teacher resources include lesson plan ideas and printable handouts.

Telling the Time Made Fun
This website has a lot of teacher resources, including handouts that allow students to practice converting digital and analog times. It would be good practice for students who already have a basic understanding of the concept.

Time to the Hour

This website includes an activity for students that teaches them about telling time by the hour on analog and digital clock faces. It also includes a link for lesson ideas as a teacher resource. The downside is that you have to jump through some hoops to get past the home page, since it's a subscription-based website.

SOL Information
K.9 The student will tell time to the hour, using analog and digital clocks.

· Tell time on an analog clock to the hour.
· Tell time on a digital clock to the hour
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.

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