Lesson 12

Count by 5 to Tell Time

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes on an analog clock.

Lesson Narrative

In grade 1, students learned to tell time to the hour and half-hour. In a previous lesson, students learned to tell time using the phrases “half past,” “quarter past,” and “quarter till,” and described the relative position of the hour hand.

In this lesson, students make connections between a number line with intervals of 5 and the distance between the numbers on the clock, which represents 5 minute intervals. Students skip count by 5 in order to tell time.

  • Representation
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Tell time on analog clocks.
  • Understand that the numbers on an analog clock represent 5-minute intervals.

Student Facing

  • Let’s tell time.

Required Materials

Materials to Copy

  • Count on the Clock Card Sort

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2. 

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What unfinished learning or misunderstandings do your students have about telling time? How did you leverage those misconceptions in a positive way to further understanding of the class?

Suggested Centers

  • How Are They the Same? (1–5), Stage 2: Grade 2 Shapes (Addressing)
  • Can You Draw It? (1–5), Stage 2: Grade 2 Shapes (Addressing)
  • Which One? (K–5), Stage 3: Grade 2 Shapes (Addressing)

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