Lesson 9

Time to the Nearest Minute

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to tell and write time to the nearest minute.

Lesson Narrative

In previous grades, students learned to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, and to use a.m. and p.m. In this lesson, students build on this work to understand that they can tell time to the nearest minute, using the marks between the numbers that show the 5-minute increments. They also draw hands on a clock to show a given time. As students represent time on the clock and tell time to the minute, they may be off by 1 or 2 minutes. This level of precision is sufficient for the work of this lesson.

  • Engagement
  • MLR8

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Tell and write time to the nearest minute.

Student Facing

  • Let’s tell and write time to the nearest minute.

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards


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

How did students leverage their knowledge of telling time to the nearest 5 minutes from grade 2 while learning to tell time to the nearest minute today?

Suggested Centers

  • Creating Line Plots (2–5), Stage 2: Quarter Inches (Addressing)
  • Target Measurements (2–5), Stage 2: Quarter Inches (Addressing)

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