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Being able to tell and write the time is a very valuable skill. To be able to do so, there are a number of key points to remember. This lesson will discuss telling and writing time on a clock – using minutes and hours. Remember, there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.
See the fact file below for more information on the telling and writing the time or alternatively, you can download our 30-page Telling and Writing the Time worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
PARTS OF A CLOCK
- A clock is an instrument used to tell the time. It is calibrated in hours and minutes.
- Hour hand. This hand is shorter and moves forward one clock number every 60 minutes (one hour).
- Minute hand. This hand is longer and moves forward one tick every 60 seconds, thus moving from one clock number to another every 5 minutes.
- A clock is divided into 12 sections, and each section is worth 5 minutes, resulting in 60 minutes as one hour. One complete circle around the clock by the minute hand means that one hour has passed.
- An analog clock has two hands – an hour hand and a minute hand.
- A digital clock shows time using digits. The hour always comes first.
TELLING THE TIME
- 2:00 – It’s two o’clock.
- 2:30 – It’s half past two.
- 2:05 – It’s five past two.
- 2:35 – It’s twenty-five to three.
- 2:10 – It’s ten past two.
- 2:40 – It’s twenty to three.
- 2:15 – It’s quarter past two.
- 2:45 – It’s quarter to three.
- 2:20 – It’s twenty past two.
- 2:50 – It’s ten to three.
- 2:25 – It’s twenty-five past two.
- 2:55 – It’s five to three.
- Say the minutes first and then the hour. (Minutes + PAST / TO + Hour)
- For minutes 1 to 30, use PAST after the minutes.
- For minutes 31 to 59, use TO after the minutes.
- When it is 15 minutes past the hour, we normally say: (a) quarter past
7:15 is read: It’s (a) quarter past seven.
- When it is 15 minutes before the hour, we normally say: (a) quarter to
12:45 is read: It’s (a) quarter to one.
- When it is 30 minutes past the hour, we normally say: half past
3:30 is read: It’s half past three (but we can also say three thirty).
- We use o’clock when there are NO minutes.
- For 12:00, there are three expressions used:
- Twelve o’clock
ASKING FOR THE TIME
- The common question forms we use to ask for the time right now are:
- “What time is it?”
- “What is the time?”
- A more polite way to ask for the time, especially from a stranger is:
- “Could you tell me the time, please?”
- The common question forms we use to ask what time a specific event will happen are:
- “What time …?” and “When …?”
- “What time do you go to school?”
- “When does the bus leave?”
- “What time do you go to bed?”
A.M. vs P.M.
- A.M. stands for “ante meridiem”. This means before midday or before noon. The A.M. time period is the twelve hours from midnight until noon. A new day starts at 12:00 A.M. Common activities that happen in the A.M. are eating breakfast, getting ready for school, etc.
- P.M. stands for “post meridiem”. This means after midday or after noon. The P.M. time period is the twelve hours from noon until midnight. The second half of the day starts at 12:00 P.M. Common activities that happen in the P.M. include eating dinner, going to sleep, etc.
Telling and Writing the Time Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the telling and writing the time across 30 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Telling and Writing the Time worksheets that are perfect for teaching students to tell and write the time which is a very valuable skill. To be able to do so, there are a number of key points to remember. This lesson will discuss telling and writing time on a clock – using minutes and hours. Remember, there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lesson Plan
- Telling and Writing the Time
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- Fix the Clock
- Time Problems
- Matching Time
- 24 Hours
- Now Showing
- Daily Schedule
- Make a Clock
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