Working on telling time with your learners? Then, you’ll love these printable telling time books. They’re low prep and PACKED with information about telling time!
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Learning to Use an Analogue Clock
Telling time isn’t the easiest math skill. I remember struggling to tell time with the analogue clock all the way through fourth grade myself. How’s that for being transparent?
One of the keys is to make this abstract skill as hands-on and concrete as possible. I HIGHLY recommend having individual clocks your learners can touch, feel, and explore.
Your learners might even like our Clock Playdough Mats for some hands-on fun. Learners make their own hands for the clock and they’re ready to explore!
Printable Telling Time Books
These simple telling time books can help as you explore telling time. There are five titles included in color AND blackline.
- Let’s Learn About Telling Time – This book explores the long hand and short hand and how they move around the clock.
- Telling Time by the Hour – Exploring the position you find the hour and minute hand when you’re telling time by the hour.
- Telling Time by the Half Hour – Learning why it’s called “half” hour and how to read the hour hand when it’s between two numbers.
- Telling Time by the Quarter Hour – Exploring why it’s called “quarter” hour and how to read the clock in 15 minute increments.
- Telling Time to Five Minutes – Learning how to count the minutes by 5’s to tell time to five minutes.
First learners fold the page down.
Then they fold them to the side. Yep, it’s just two folds and they’re ready to read.
Each book is a little bit different inside. My goal was to make the images and text easy to understand. I do not recommend using them all at one time, but rather exploring one at a time. The colors on the clock hands are wrong in the image above. They are correct in the printables.
The texts build off one another, so “Let’s Learn About Time” (the first foldable book) is the best one to start with if you’re introducing telling time.
And again, always pair them with clocks kids can touch and manipulate!
If you’re looking for a game to reinforce telling time, you might like my NO PREP telling time games! Learners can practice time by the hour, half hour, and quarter hour with these.
You can also find two more telling time games to the hour in my Simple Measurement Games.
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