In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about the parts of a clock. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Parts of a Clock topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Parts of a Clock
Create a Clock
Have students make their own clocks out of plates, construction paper, crayons, and brass brads. First discuss and describe all the parts of a clock: the face, minute and hour hands, and numbers. Have students decorate their plates to be the face of the clock and write numbers around the edge. Students may wish to use numbers or use beans or other small objects to glue on the plate to represent the numbers. For example, 1 bean would represent 1, 2 beans would represent 2, and so on. Remind students that the hour hand is shorter than the minute hand and help students connect their hands to the clock. Have students keep these clocks for later lessons when they begin to learn and practice how to read a clock and tell time.
Explain to your students that time is used to plan a day. Together as a class, create a class schedule on the board. What time does school begin? What time is math, recess, lunch, reading, etc.?
To extend the activity, have students imagine what their day would be like if there were no time. How would they know when it was time to go home? How would they know when to go to bed? Have students share their ideas. Discuss with students about the usefulness of time and why it is important to always be on time.
If possible bring in different kinds of clocks to show to your students. You can bring in analog and digital clocks, a stopwatch, a kitchen timer, and an hourglass. Have students describe each clock and how it is useful to tell or measure time. Have students think of moments when they could use each type of clock. For example, a stopwatch would be useful if you had to time a race and a kitchen timer would be useful if you needed to take something out of the oven in an hour.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Parts of a Clock
Go on a walk around your home or neighborhood and look for clocks. Have your child describe what the clock looks like and how it tells time. Is it a digital or analog clock? Does it ring at the hour? Have your child point out the hour and minute hands on each analog clock and point out which numbers refer to the hour and minutes on each digital clock. Ask your child to explain which clock is easiest to read and why.
Tick Tock Parts
Show an analog clock to your child and have him or her point out the parts of the clock, including the face, minute hand, and hour hand. Then have your child draw an analog clock and label the parts in his or her notebook. This way, a reference guide to reading a clock will always be handy. Your child can also take notes about the function of each part—-the face shows the numbers, the hour hand points to the hour, and the minute hand points to the minute.
I’m Late! I’m Late!
Discuss the importance of being on time with your child. What happens if he or she wakes up late? What happens if he or she is late for the bus or arrives to school late? Explain that people use time to schedule the day and it is important for your child to be punctual. How might a doctor feel if a patient arrived to an appointment late? Set up a morning and evening schedule with your child. What time does he or she wake up? When is his or her bedtime? Post the schedule so your child will be accustomed to planning ahead and understand the importance of being punctual.