Learning to tell time by understanding the space of the minutes involves helping children comprehend the minute hand's movement around the clock face. Here's a guide on how to teach this concept.
Introduction to minutes
Begin by introducing the concept of minutes as smaller units of time compared to hours. Emphasize that there are 60 minutes in an hour.
Minute hand movement
Teach your kids about the minute hand on the clock and explain how it moves around the clock face. Emphasize that each number on the clock represents five minutes.
Counting by fives
Practice counting by fives with the children. Highlight that the minute hand moves in increments of five minutes as it circles the clock.
Show your students how to identify different minute positions on the clock. Ask questions like, "What minute does the minute hand point to?"
Visual aids and models
Use visual aids, such as large clock models or interactive online simulations, to demonstrate the movement of the minute hand. Reinforce the idea that each space between the numbers represents five minutes.
Engage in interactive activities that involve moving the minute hand to different minute positions on the clock. Provide hands-on experiences to reinforce the concept.
Counting minutes aloud
Practice counting minutes aloud as the minute hand moves. Encourage children to count by fives and announce the minute positions as the hand progresses.
Introduce the concept of minute intervals, emphasizing that each space on the clock represents one minute. Discuss how counting these spaces helps determine the exact minute.
Digital and analog connection
Relate the space of the minutes on the analog clock to the digital representation of time. Show how the minute value changes in both formats.
Grade 3 telling time worksheets
Grade 3 students focus on telling time by five and one minute intervals, as well as estimating time and converting units of time. We have created sets of worksheets for students to work on these concepts.
Time phrases worksheets
Students write the time in digital form on these worksheets.
Telling time by 5-minute intervals
Students are shown analog times at five-minute intervals and asked to write the time in digital form.
Draw the clock at 5-minute intervals
The next set of worksheets, students are given the digital time and asked to draw the hands on a clock-face. They will be practicing five-minute intervals.
Telling time by 1-minute intervals
Students are provided with the time on analog clocks and asked to write the digital form to the minute.
Draw the clock at 1-minute intervals
Still working on one-minute intervals, students are given the time in digital form and asked to draw the hands on analog clocks.
Telling how much time went by
Students are asked to work out how much time elapsed in these worksheets.
Telling what time it was and what time it will be at 15-minute intervals
Students are shown a time on an analog clock and asked what time it will be after a certain given time. These worksheets work on 15-minute increments.
Telling what time it was and what time it will be at 5-minute intervals
The next set of worksheets work on the same as above at five-minute intervals.
Telling what time it was and what time it will be at 1-minute intervals
The next set of worksheets ask students to perform the same exercise at one-minute intervals.
Practice estimating time
In these worksheets students are given an activity and a time estimate, then asked if that’s a reasonable time estimate.
Rounding time worksheets
These worksheets give students practice in rounding time to different time intervals.
Converting units of time
The final set of worksheets have students converting time between seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks and years.