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Matching Written Times to Digital Clock Images: A Fun Lesson Short for Learning Time

Matching Written Times to Digital Clock Images: A Fun Lesson Short for Learning Time

Are you looking for a fun and engaging way to teach your students how to match written times in standard notation to digital clock images within whole and half hours? Look no further! This lesson plan is perfect for elementary school students who are just starting to learn about telling time.

Teaching Tips

To start, introduce the concept of telling time by reviewing the parts of a clock and explaining how it works. Then, show your students examples of written times in standard notation (e.g. 2:30) and digital clock images that correspond with those times. Have them practice matching the two together until they feel comfortable.

Next, provide your students with worksheets or flashcards that have various written times in standard notation on them. Ask them to match each one with the corresponding digital clock image within whole and half hours. Encourage them to work together in pairs or small groups to make it more fun and interactive.

Student Misconceptions

One common misconception that students may have is thinking that the hour hand always moves first before the minute hand. Make sure to clarify that both hands move simultaneously when telling time.

Another misconception is thinking that "quarter past" means 25 minutes past the hour instead of 15 minutes past. Be sure to explain this difference clearly so they don't get confused.

Differentiation for Special Education

For special education students who may struggle with matching written times to digital clock images, provide visual aids such as large clocks or manipulatives like toy clocks with movable hands. You can also simplify the activity by only using whole hours instead of half hours.


To make this lesson even more fun, have your students create their own paper plate clocks! Provide paper plates, construction paper, markers, and brads for them to create their own analog clocks with movable hands. They can then use these clocks as a visual aid during the lesson.

Homework/Parent Engagement

Encourage parents to practice telling time at home with their children by playing games like "What's the Time Mr. Wolf?" or setting up a pretend store where they have to calculate change based on prices and time spent shopping.


There are many online games available that can help reinforce this concept such as:

  • Clock Matching Game Teaching Resources - TPT

  • Matching Time - NRICH - Millennium Mathematics Project

  • Clock Matching to 5 Minutes Game | Game |

  • Match the Times - 5-11 year olds - Topmarks

By incorporating these games into your lesson plan, you can make learning about telling time more enjoyable for your students!

Don't forget to check out TeachTastic lesson plans and teaching resources for easy ready-to-use lessons on telling time and other math concepts!

Matching written times in standard notation to digital clock images within whole and half hours can be challenging for young learners. However, by using visual aids, crafts, games, and other engaging activities, you can make it easier and more enjoyable for them! With these tips and resources at your disposal, you can teach this important math skill in no time!

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