Tips for Teaching Students to Tell Time
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Hi! I'm Samantha Lake for About.com, and today I'm going to show you tips for teaching students to tell time. We're here at "Count Me in Tutoring" in Bedford Corners, NY.Children are very visual so It helps to have a clock to demonstrate. First, you must explain to the student that the short hand shows the hours and the long hand shows the minutes, and there are exactly sixty minutes in one hour. Start with the minute hand. Each time it goes around is one hour. Explain that every time the minute hand goes one round, the hour hand will move to the next number signifying an hour has passed. Place both the hour and minute hand at 12. Turn the minute hand one round and let the child know that one hour has passed and it is now 1 o'clock. Have the children practice turning the minute hand one round at a time and stop at 12. Point to the hour hand and mentioned that it is now 2 o'clock. Practice this for a while.The numbers also signify the minutes in an hour. There are five minutes in between each number and the minutes in the hour correspond to that number times five. So, if the minute hand is at 3, that would signify that it is 15 minutes into the hour because 3 times 5 is 15.There are many worksheets online with blank clocks that you can download for students to practice with. My favorite activity is making a clock out of a paper plate that shows the time.You will need the following supplies to make the clock:If you follow these easy steps, you will be able to teach students to tell time. To learn more about this and other math topics, please visit About.com. Thanks for watching.