Thursday, February 9, 2012
Telling Time (tip)
We started planning for our Time unit in math yesterday. Time and money are 2 of my favorite math units! When I introduce the clock to my kinders we'll make a clock and on the hour hand we'll put a picture of a turtle to illustrate how an hour goes slow. On the minute hand there is a picture of a rabbit to illustrate that minutes go faster.
I also put a turtle and rabbit on my teaching clock and the kids watch how the rabbit is always running fast around the clock while the turtle is trying it's hardest to catch it. Usually one or two kids notice that the rabbit can get all the way around the clock while the turtle only makes it to the next number.
Of couse not every clock they see will have a turtle and rabbit on it so I also tell the kids that the minute (rabbit) hand is longer like the ears on a rabbit and the hour (turtle) hand is shorter like a short turtle.
Of course, to a teacher, 15 minutes of recess is more like a cheetah or a jet breaking the sound barrier....how DO they speed up the clocks during that time???
Hope you found this tip helpful!