How to Tell Time to the Hour

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Mathematics, Measurement (includes Time)

Grade 1- 3


Students learn to tell time to the hour and write the time to the hour.


Go over the different parts of the clock with the children--the face with the numbers 1 to 12 written on it, the hour hand, and the minute hand.
Hold up the time card that shows 7:00. Show the children how to make 7:00--the hour hand points to the seven and the minute hand points straight up to the 12 for 0 minutes (or o'clock).
Show children the other time cards and have them practice making the times on their clocks.
Use a paper clock to show the time 3:00. Ask the children if anyone can read the time. Point to the hour hand. Ask the children what hour the hour hand is pointing to. (The 3) Ask them what number the minute hand is pointing to. (12) Ask them how many minutes that is. (0) See if they can tell what time it is. (3 o'clock)
Go over the practice pages with the children.


  • copies of the clock from the Making Your Own Clock activity page on cardstock or construction paper--one per student (The clock could also be copied onto plain paper, cut out, and glued onto a paper plate.) Cut out the clock and the hour and minute hands. Use a paper fastener to attach the hands to the face of the clock.
  • twelve 3 inch x 5 inch (8 cm x 13 cm) index cards with the times 1:00 to 12:00 written on them
  • copies of the Using the Hour and Minute Hands and Finding the Time activity sheets (one per student)
  • pencils

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