Lesson: How to tell the time from a clock face.


1) That the students will be able to name and identify the different time segments.

2) That the students will be able to read the time from a clock face.

3) That on hearing a time the students will be able to identify it from a series of clocks.

A clock with movable hands Chalk or marker board. Exercise sheets with a series of blank clock faces.

Software - Talk Now! Learn English

Content/ Methodology
1. Ask the pupils if they are wearing watches. After a show of hands count how many have digital
watches and how many have clock faced watches. Ask pupils with different type watches to tell you
the time and observe how many use digital answers such as 'six fifty- five' or 'eleven thirty.'

2. Taking out a reasonably sized clock with movable hands show the class what time it is now on the
clock face. Write the digital time on the board to show that they are the same.

3. Pointing at each of the twelve numbers in turn ask the pupils to identify them first in sequence and
then at random.

4. Move on then to show how the hour or 'O' Clock' is demonstrated on the clock face. Get one of the
students to identify the big and small hands of the clock and see if they can change the time to another hour.
Give each student an hourly time and get him or her to demonstrate it

5. Moving the big hand of the clock full circle show that there are sixty minutes in an hour. The pupils may
be able to tell how many minutes in a half-hour or a quarter hour, if not, this too must be physically
demonstrated on the clock.

6. Taking a one-hour time frame show how the larger hand moves from the hour to the quarter to the half etc.
Again ask different pupils to move the hands to show different quarter hour times.

7. Using an exercise sheet showing a series of blank clocks call out some quarter hour times and ask the
students to draw them.

8. Introduce the other time segments by moving the hand whilst counting in fives. Make a big deal of stopping at
the half past mark and change the tone of voice used to emphasise that we have moved from 'past' to 'to'.
Again ask pupils to physically demonstrate times on the clock. If they find this difficult write the digital time on
the board and count the minutes shown on the clock face.

9. Using Talk Now - Learn English get the students to enter their names and click on the 'Hard game' in the time
segment. This gives the pupils a series of clocks and asks them to click on the one showing the time that has just
been called. Scores are kept and the student is told immediately if they are incorrect.

Follow up Exercises:
Give the students a series of blank clock faces with a digital time written beside them, which they must draw.

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