Learning about time

This fortnight in maths we are learning about time. It is not an easy skill to learn, and does require lots of practise both at home and at school. Students should now be reading analogue and digital time up to the minute and recording it in words. We have also been looking at time elapsed (the duration between two events) and converting units (ie, minutes to seconds). Some students who have a solid grasp of these concepts have been extended by looking at 24 hour time and world time zones.

Two games to help us with reading and recording the time are ‘Stop the Clock’ and ‘Bang on Time’.

Stop the Clock

In ‘Stop the Clock’, you need to match the digital times with the time on analogue clock. When you have matched up all the times, hit the clock to stop it. Can you beat your time? There are FIVE levels to the game; hours and half hours, quarter hours, five minute intervals and one minute intervals. The last level has you match 24 hour times. The version of the game embedded below is the ‘one minute intervals’ game. Try the game that best challenges you!

Bang on Time

Another game is Bang on Time‘. This practises the trickier skill of being able to say the time relative to the preceding or coming hour (for example, twenty to ten).

You can set the clock’s hands to the speed you want in this game, so why not start off slow for practise. Your goal is the match the written time (ie, twenty minutes to ten) with the time shown on the analogue clock. The closer you are to the correct answer, the more points you get.

Let me know how you go! Remember, the only way you will be able to get better at telling the time is by practising it constantly.

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