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It’s Time

Courtney McKinney
1st grade
Chattahoochee Elementary School
Forsyth County Schools


Students will show time on their small clocks, participate in white board games and activities, and play a matching clock game with their partner.

Illustrative Task
Children will be asked the essential question: Why is it important to know how to tell time? Children will share answers and the hour and minute hand will be discussed, examples will be shown on interactive white board and a short video clip about the importance of telling time and how to tell time will be shown. Children will take turns on interactive white board showing time to the hour on a clock and then students will model the time on their own small clocks. Digital and analog clocks will be shown to the students. Students will play a clock game on the internet and we will review the standard and essential question. Students will go to their seats and play a matching clock game with a partner. After students play the clock matching game they will reflect on what they learned and how they worked with their partner. They will rank themselves on a pre-made chart on the interactive white board. They will chose between a smiley face, straight face, and sad face and then we will talk about what we learned, our work with our partner, and what we could do to improve next time.

GPS Addressed
M1M2. Students will develop and understanding of the measurement of time.
    a. Tell time to the nearest hour

Video Information
Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
  1. What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
  2. How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
  3. Consider the GPS standards listed with this video.
  4. What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?

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