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Telling Time

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Why should I learn to read a clock? When we can read a clock, we can find out when it is time to do something, like meet a friend at the park or watch a favorite show.

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This looks pretty hard, are you sure I can do this? Sure you can! It may take some practice, but by learning the basics you’ll be on your way in no time!

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Types of Clocks There are two different type of clocks, digital and analog. Can you guess which is analog and which is digital?

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This is a digital clock. Instead of pointing to the numbers with hands, the numbers are displayed electronically.

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This is an analog clock. Today, we will be learning how to read an analog clock.

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The body of the clock is called the face. face

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The clock contains 12 numbers. We can read the time as one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock…you get the picture!

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The hands point to the numbers. hand

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This hand is called the hour hand. The hour hand is the shortest hand. You can remember this by remembering that “hour” is a short word.

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The hour hand will circle the entire clock two times each day because there are 24 hours in one day.

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Hours between 12:00 midnight and 12:00 noon are read as A.M. For example, you wake up in the morning at 6:00 AM

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Any hour between 12:00 noon and 12 midnight is read as P.M. You eat dinner with your family at 6:00 P.M.

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This is the minute hand. It tells us the minute of the hour. The minute hand is longer than the hour hand. Remember that “minute” is a long word. Remember, there are 60 minutes in on hour.

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This is the second hand. It tells us how many seconds have passed in the minute. Remember, there are 60 seconds in one minute.

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To read the hour, look at the hour hand. The hour hand is beside the 5, so it is five o’clock.

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To find the minute, look at the number the minute hand is beside. We can then skip count to find the time.

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Remember: 1=5 minutes after the hour 2=10 minutes after the hour 3=15 minutes after the hour 4=20 minutes after the hour 5=25 minutes after the hour 6=30 minutes after the hour 7=35 minutes after the hour 8=40 minutes after the hour 9=45 minutes after the hour 10=50 minutes after the hour 11=55 minutes after the hour 12=60 or 1 hour

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Let’s put it all together! First, look at the hour hand. What hour is it? Next, look at the minute hand. What minute of the hour is it? Answer: 10 o’clock. The hour hand is by the 10. Answer: 10 after 10. We can skip count by fives. 1=5 minutes after. 2 = 10 minutes after.

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Wow! This was really fun! I feel so much better about telling time! All it takes is a little practice. Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Next time we can practice telling time to the nearest minute.

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