How to Make a Clock Lesson Plan – A Grade 1 to 3 Fun Craft Activity

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Do you need a How to Make a Clock Lesson Plan for teaching your students about telling time on a clock? Before I teach about time, I let my students create their own clocks. They love making manipulatives as craft activities. I made a template for making a clock for them to practice telling time. You can do this with your students. While they are having fun putting all of the clock parts together, they will be learning about clock terms; the face, the hour hand, the minute hand, and the twelve hours on the clock. They will get to write in the hours for themselves.

I love to make resources that encourage hands-on learning. Math topics can get really abstract for students. It is important to start off the topics of learning about the parts of a clock and about telling the time in a concrete way. This lesson plan has a paper clock craft activity that will make learning about time a fun experience that students will not forget.

How to Make a Clock Lesson Plan for Grades 1 to 3

I created the editable lesson plan in the form of a Word Doc. With this lesson, your students can create color coded clocks (red and blue for hour and minute). This really helps with distinguishing between the hours and the minutes. It is right for a first grader’s fine motor skill level for cutting. Visit Nyla’s Ctrafty Teaching on TPT to check out this lesson.

This How to Make a Clock Lesson Plan is from my TpT collection. You get to download it instantly upon purchase and it can be used for years because you’ll have lifetime access to the file. You will be notified if I make any updates to the file and any updated versions will be available to you.

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After your students have made their clock manipulatives, they can test each other on telling different times with their interactive clocks. They will love having their own, unique clocks to practice with. If you are teaching about telling time, I have a telling time unit plan with five telling time lesson plans and worksheets for students. Older students can use the clock craft to work out elasped time problems. It can also be used with elapsed time rulers.

Prerequisites for teaching about telling the time are for students to know the parts of a clock face, the twelve hours, and hour hand, and the minute hand. This is why it is important for students to be familiar wih clocks, especially analog clocks. It is helpful to have a real clock on your classroom wall so that students are familiar with clocks and they’ll know that clocks tell you the time. See tips for having real clocks in the classroom in this blog post about classroom clocks.

You may also be interested in this other clock craft that your students can do. It consists of printables for making Easter themed clock manipulatives. Check it out here.

I hope you try this paper clock craft for your students to explore the parts of a clock and practice telling time. Have you tried a different way to make clocks with your students? If you have, please share about it in the comments. Teachers are the ones who innovate and think up the most creative ideas for their classrooms.

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