Lesson 13

It’s Time to Learn About Clocks

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to tell and write time in hours.

Lesson Narrative

In previous sections, students learned about linear measurement. In this lesson, they formally learn about measuring time. It is likely that students will have experiences working with time outside of school, but they may have limited familiarity with clock faces.

In this lesson, students learn about time as a unit of measurement and show time in hours. Students begin by considering clocks that only have hour hands to help them attend to the short hand representing the hour. Students learn that when times are read as “___ o’clock” or shown as __:00 the minute hand points to the 12. Students write times in the digital format (__:__), show times on analog clocks, and relate times to activities they do during the school day.

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Tell and write time in hours.
  • Understand time as a unit of measurement.

Student Facing

  • Let’s tell and write times from a clock.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Clock Cards Hour

Required Preparation

Activity 2:

  • Each student needs the clock cards they created in the previous activity.

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 15 min
Activity 2 10 min
Activity 3 10 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

How does the measure of time relate to measuring length? How can you help students visualize the abstract concept of time?

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