Friday, January 6, 2012

Telling Time to the Quarter Hour

We are beginning to practice telling time to the quarter hour. Please practice this skill with your first grader by clicking on the above clock in order to log onto a website that I have found both useful and fun.

The name of the website is "Time for Time". Once there, please follow these instructions:

1. Ignore the "show digital" option for now.
2. Use either the + 1 minute or the - 1 minute button to line up a time to the hour such as 5:00.
3. Touch the green + button below 15 minutes to advance the time forward by 15 minutes.
4. Help your child to read the time (and note the position of the clock hands) using the
following terms: quarter-past 5 o'clock, half-past 5 o'clock, quarter-to 6 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and so on.

For the record:  This is my fourth year teaching Everyday Math and I can promise you that this is one of the two hardest skills for first graders to understand.  Your child will ABSOLUTELY benefit from your additional coaching!

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