Lesson Plan

Telling Time to the Half Hour

Telling time to the hour and half hour. This lesson is created with students having 1:1 iPads.
Kelli T.
Special education instructor
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller Schools
Sumner, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math

Students will be able to identify time to the hour and half hour on an analog and digital clock.

Grades 1
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1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

I need to be at my basketball game at 6:30, but what if I don't know how to tell time? 

That is what we are going to learn today. We already know how to tell time to the hour, but we are going to learn how to tell time to the half hour. 

2 Direct Instruction

Play telling time video to the nearest hour and half hour on the smart board. 

Then follow the script:

-Draw a whole pepperoni pizza on the whiteboard.

-Ask the students how they would share this pizza between two people.

-Reiterate that in order to share the pizza equally with two people, it must be cut in half equally.

-Draw a dashed line vertically down the middle of the pizza.

-Draw an analog clock next to the pizza.

-Ask the students to count from 1 to 12 as you write the numbers on the clock.

-Place the hour hand, or the shorter hand, on the clock half way between 1 and 2.

-Place the minute hand, or the longer hand, on the clock directly pointing at 6.

-Tell the students that the minute hand is always on the 6 for the half hour.

-Tell the students that the clock says one thirty.

-Tell the students that one thirty is between 1 o'clock and 2 o'clock.

-Demonstrate on an analog clock what 1 o'clock, one thirty, and 2 o'clock look like.

-Ask the students what two thirty looks like.

-Continue around the clock until all half hours have been demonstrated.

3 Guided Practice

-Provide the students with iPads and the Tic Toc Time App

-Write the following times (10:30, 4:30, 6:30, 2:30, and 12:30) on the whiteboard one at a time.

-Call out the time, and ask the students to show the time on their clocks on their iPads

-Walk around the classroom observing the time on each student's clock and check for understanding.

4 Independent Practice

Now you are going to practice what we have just learned. 

-Pass out the telling time worksheets to the students and walk around the room as they complete them. 

-Have students turn in their worksheets when finished. 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Drawing

Ask students to draw a clock and to draw a time to the half hour and also write what time they drew.