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Learn to tell time — whole and half hours

These three video lessons help children learn to tell time on an analog clock — focusing on the whole hours and half hours.

In the first lesson, we ONLY use the hour hand — to make it easy for young students (kindergarten/1st grade) to learn to tell time. In this lesson, we only deal with whole and half hours, such as 4 o'clock and half past 7.


In the second video, Mathy my mascot and I solve simple exercises concerning whole and half hours on an analog clock. We still don't use the minute hand. We tell time using "o'clock" and "half past" — and even figure out what time it is half an hour after the given time.


In the last lesson in this sequence, I introduce the minute hand. Children learn why times such as "half past 5" can also be stated as 5:30 — using hours AND minutes.

I show how the minute hand travels one full round (60 minutes) while the hour hand goes from one hour to the next, such as from 4 to 5 on the clock face. This full round is 60 minutes, and so half an hour is 30 minutes. That is why, for example, half past 4 is also 4 hours 30 minutes.

We practice telling time (whole hours and half hours) in these two ways: either using the "o'clock" / "half past", or stating the hours and minutes. We also figure out what time it will be half an hour later.


You can also do online practice problems for telling time at this link.


See also

Tell time using "past" and "till"

Math Mammoth Clock — a self-teaching worktext that teaches telling time and using the calendar (grades 1-3)

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