Saturday, June 25, 2011

Help Needed on a Question on Time

I am presently working on an activity for my new class and have a question that I would like to ask you to comment on.  Many times in the past my sixth graders  have arrived in sixth grade and cannot read an analog clock.  I know you probably find it hard to believe, but it is true.

I taught them to read it based on a real clock.  This would be 6:50 because the hour hand would be closer to the seven than the six because it is only ten more minutes to the hour and 50 minutes past the previous hour.  To look at 6 as the dividing line, the hour hand should be half way between the two numbers.

If you saw this in an activity for your students, what time would you call it and why?

This is a Common Core objectives as a second grade skill:  Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

This skill is listed as a grade four objective in the district I work in.  Since I am supposed to be moving to fourth grade, I would like to make this activity as accurate as I can.  When I am finished, I am planning on listing it in my TPT store and want it to be accurate for everyone.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.



I teach fourth and I would show it a tiny bit before the hour because of the reason you mentioned (that it's almost to the next hour). Right now it looks on the hour. Good luck in your grade change.

Vintage Teacher

Thanks for your thoughts Heather. I thought that also.

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