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You can’t go a day without looking at your clock. Ok, in honest how many of us can make it an hour!

Time is essentially part of our culture, and though many of our clocks are digital now, being able to tell time on an analog clock is still important.

We’ve worked on time on and off throughout the year. The math book that we use as a guide has slowly introduced time. It started off with just the hour, the next chapter we learned about 30 minutes, then the quarters, and finally we have reached five-minute increments. I’ve loved the slow progression and the constant review the curriculum has offered.

Since I rarely use just our textbook, I pulled some other clock resources.

Playdough Clocks

We loved This Reading Mama’s play dough clock. We used this when we first started our study, and it was such a fun, hands-on approach. And who doesn’t love playing with play dough during math?

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Construction Paper Clock

We also made this ingenious clock. It made so much sense to both my boys. It helped them remember which hand went with what number and being able to flip up a flap to see the five-minute increments was valuable.

This tool is a handy arts project for students to keep at their desks. It is easy to make and effectively illustrates the relationship between minutes and hours. Since students can carry it around with them, it is an excellent tool for reinforcing number sense skills.:

Telling Time Game

We also enjoyed playing this no prep game by The Measured Mom. Anytime I can bring in a game, I score major brownie points. This game was fun, and the different levels allowed both boys to play.

If you're looking for telling time activities, you'll love these 3 free games. Just print and play!:

Telling Time Clip Cards

Even with all our practice, I’ve still noticed some inconsistencies as my kindergartner worked through the review questions. Wanting him to get practice looking at clocks and giving an answer, I decided to make telling time clip cards. They had enjoyed the quadrilateral clip cards so much, I thought this would be a great way to review and get in some extra practice.

I didn’t want just the time on the cards, so I decided to throw in some language we had been working on. Many of the cards have two correct answers. They will have the correct time written like 5:15, but then your students may be able to clip a quarter after 5. I like it when there is more than one answer because it forces the students to analyze all answers. They can’t just find one correct answer and then never look at the other choices. It also reinforces that there are other ways to say the same time.

I printed the cards off on card stock, cut them out, and then gathered up our clothes pins. My four-year-old was at the table too, so I sorted out the cards into two piles. His pile consisted of just the hour and thirty-minute cards. My kindergartner got the rest.

Little four-year old did great telling time to the hour, and after a few cards, he was able to recognize on his own that when the long hand was on the 6, we were talking about 30 minutes. Toward the end, he even remembered that you could say 5:30 or half past 5. He was quite proud of himself for clipping both of the answers.

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My kindergartner also did very well. He missed a few at the beginning, and it was a great opportunity to sit and talk about the misconceptions he was having. As we reached the end of his pile, he became quite efficient at clipping all the right answers. I was proud of how hard he worked, and how much he is learning.

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If you are in a traditional classroom, this activity would be easy to implement in a small group. Divide the cards up between the number of students in your group. Have the students place their clips on the right answer and show it to you. When they get it right, place the card in the pile of another student’s. You can go till you run out of time, or they have completed all the cards.

Telling time is a life skill that needs to be reviewed often. Enjoy these ftelling time clip cards that are easy to grab as a quick review!

Or check out one of these other telling time activities.

 

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Want to really challenge students? Here is a logic problem that requires students to tell time.

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Can’t wait to hear how it goes. You’ve Got This


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11 thoughts on “Four Ways To Practice Telling Time (Free Clip Cards)

  1. Mother of 3 says:

    Perfect! I was just thinking today that I needed to do a bit more clock practice with my son. I love the variety of ideas you have here. Thank you.

  2. Mother of 3 says:

    Perfect! I was just thinking today that I needed to do a bit more clock practice with my son. I love the variety of ideas you have here. Thank you.

  3. Mother of 3 says:

    Perfect! I was just thinking today that I needed to do a bit more clock practice with my son. I love the variety of ideas you have here. Thank you.

    1. Rachel says:

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  4. Lisa Nelson says:

    This is fantastic! We are going to the dollar store today to get some clips and we are going to print these off. We were just having issues with this yesterday. It’s exactly what I need!

    Thanks for this!

  5. Lisa Nelson says:

    This is fantastic! We are going to the dollar store today to get some clips and we are going to print these off. We were just having issues with this yesterday. It’s exactly what I need!

    Thanks for this!

    1. Rachel says:

      Thank you for your sweet words. I hope your children enjoy it as much as mine did!!

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