Learning to tell time in English can be a bit tricky. It is helpful to have a physical object to work with. Let’s make our own clocks!
We will do this project over two classes.
LET’S PRACTICE THE VOCABULARY WE WILL NEED!
cardboard (for the clock and another as a mat for cutting)
a container (to wash paint brushes)
a rag (to wash paint brushes)
a cardboard cutter
a twist tie
string and tape OR metal pull tab top to hang the clock. (If you opt for the metal lid, be careful! It is very sharp. String and tape is a better option for kids.)
a stencil (to trace the numbers)
1.) Collect all of the materials you will need.
2.) Use the compass to draw the face of your clock. Add a second, smaller circle as a guide to where you want your numbers. (NOTE: If you want to use a stencil, be sure that the numbers fit between the two circles.)
3.) Add the numbers, either freehand or with a stencil, and then draw your clock however you want. You could base your idea on your favourite superhero, food or planet, for example.
4.) Paint your clock.
5.) Measure the hands to fit into the clock, and cut them out. The hour hand should be wider and shorter than the minute hand. (Obviously, an adult will do this step for younger people.)
6.) Paint the hands.
7.) Our project needs time to dry. Let’s store the clock and the hands in a clean, dry place, and then wash and tidy up our craft materials.
While we are waiting for our project to dry, let’s learn about the digital method of telling time. Let’s go to our lesson.
Please note: This lesson is restricted to students. Please feel free to check out our free resources for telling time here: Telling time
LET’S REVIEW OUR VOCABULARY:
LET’S CONTINUE WITH OUR CLOCK PROJECT.
8.) Use the sharp point of the compass to make a small hole in both hands and the center of the clock face.
9.) String the twist tie through the button and then through both hands of the clock. Feed both ends through the body of the clock, and tie them in a knot at the back.
10.) Cut a piece of string, and tape it to the back of your clock near the top, so that you can hang your clock.
Congratulations! You have a clock with moving hands!
LET’S RETURN TO OUR LESSON AND LEARN ANOTHER WAY TO TELL TIME.
Note: This lesson is for students only. Feel free to check out some free activities here: