Common Core Objective:
- Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks. 1MD.B.
- Use clock hands to tell the time in hours on the clock.
- Be able to tell what time the clock says in hours and half hours.
- One “The Grouchy Ladybug” Magna-Tiles® Structures story set
- One “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle book
- A picture of a clock or a play clock
- Paper strips or tongue depressors to use as clock hands or download this PDF of one set of clock hands or this PDF with 6 sets of clock hands.
#1. Remind the students that they learned about telling time yesterday.
#2. Review with the students how the minute hand moves around the clock each hour, but the hour hand only moves to the next hour.
#3. Together with the students, create the Grouchy Ladybug clock again.
#4. Show the students the clock hands. Remind the students that the shorter “hand” is the hour hand and the longer “hand” is the minute hand.
#5. Ask a student to show you 1 o’clock with the clock hands on the Grouchy Ladybug clock. Ask another student to show you 5 o’clock.
#6. Tell the students that today they are going to learn to tell time by the half hour. Explain to the students that 30 minutes after the hour is called a half hour. Count the “marks” on the clock with them so that they can see that it is 30 minutes.
#7. Show the students what the clock looks like when it is 1:30. Then show them what the clock looks like when it is 2:30.
#8. Once the students understand how to show the half hour on a clock, have them take turns showing the time on the clock by the hour or half hour. Make sure that each student takes a turn.
#9. Ask the students what they learned today.
- Observe the students to make sure each student understands how to show the time by the hour and half hour.
- Place the tiles at a center so the students can practice making the clock together and having each other show a time on the clock.