Telling the time is something I have to teach every year. And to be honest I have not been very successful. Even gifted adults struggled.
And this year I faced even bigger challenge. I was supposed to teach this to a group of challenged children who cannot tell the time in their MT. So I prepared some new materials and … And I did it.
And here is how.
Telling time – mind map
We started with the following mind map. I asked the children to learn the words for each time.
Then I demonstrated telling the time in English using one of the PAST times. I told them that they have to start with the minutes and then add the clock. The WOW moment came and I was really happy. Then I showed them how to work with the blue phrases. They soon understood that they have to add 1 to the number of clocks.
Telling time – classroom activities
Of course it is nice to understand something but only practise makes masters. So here are several activities we have tried in our class.
First, we played bingo. I dictated the times and the students crossed them out. The winner (3 times in a row) shouted Bingo.
Another variation of the same game is that the students tell the time. Ask each student to choose one time on his card and tell it. The others listen and if they have it on their cards they cross it out.
The other activity is a pair work. Each student gets a card and they dictate their times to their partner.
Telling time – computer activities
If you want to provide home practice for your students you can use the following activities. First, you can ask your students to choose the correct time according to what they hear:
In the second quiz students are asked to write the time correctly. Both quizzes are in HTML5 so they will play anywhere.
You can find another interesting game to practice language connected with time at British Council time.
Telling time – share
Do you like the activities? You can share them on your blog or website. Or if your classroom does not have the internet connection you can use these activities too. The only limitation is that you must not sell the activities.