Telling Time

Printable Version: 4_TellingTime

Learning Goals:

– Learner will be able to identify the correct time on both a digital and analog clock


Materials: Demonstration clock/iPod clock apps (Learn Clock/Telling Time), phonics worksheets, daily/weekly planner, iPod/iPad, computer


Review: Phonics practice – Using phonics worksheet, focus on a specific sound in a word and have learner identify where in the work that sound is (beginning/middle/end)

*Learner should have a strong grasp of numbers before beginning this lesson


Overview: Having a basic understanding of time will help the learner when they start learning about dates and have to make their own weekly planner



I. What do you do in a day?

a. Identify times of the day (morning/afternoon/night)

b. Construct sentences based on the question: What do you do at different times of the day?

e.g. In the morning, I ______(brush my teeth) At night, I ________ (watch TV)


II. Understanding Time

a. How much time is in one day? Work down from hours to minutes to seconds

b. Building on knowledge about numbers, explain seconds vs. minutes vs. hours – how many in each

c. Show learner an analog clock – physically show each movement of the hands and what they represent

d. Review AM vs. PM – how are these represented differently in an analog clock vs. a digital clock?

III. Clock Practice

a. Using a demonstration clock, review times by first showing the learner a time on the clock and then having them repeat the correct time

*Use the following intervals: full hours, half hours, quarter hours, 10 min intervals, and 5 min

b. Present a time on a digital clock and then on an analog demonstration clock, assist the learner in showing the same time

c. App: Learn Clock and/or Telling Time – practice identifying different times



I. Daily Schedule (prep for weekly schedule)

a. Give learner a time sheet/planner and assist them in labeling their daily activities

b. Assist them with questions: What time do you get up? What time do you go to work? Etc.

c. Can they differentiate between a.m. and p.m.?

*If applicable, work in bus schedules

II. Reading Practice: (Time Sheets)


Summary: Which kind of clock is easiest for the learner to use? Why?



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