Teaching Time

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When you begin teaching time to your child, it's important that you move at a slow pace.  Begin with teaching about the hour hand and then move on to half-hours before tackling individual minutes.

This section will focus on five-minute intervals of the clock.  You can find the hour and half-hour time worksheets using the links at the bottom of this page.

Once your child has mastered the hours, he or she may find it confusing to move on to telling time by fives.  It can be difficult to understand that the "1" can also mean "5", and that "2" can mean "10" and so on. 

These worksheets aim to teach your child about the five-minute intervals around the clock.

You may find it helpful to review Counting By Fives before attempting these time worksheets.

Teaching Time Worksheets:5 Minute Marks

The first three papers focus on understanding the five minute intervals for each number.  On each worksheet is a clock face.

Below each larger number (1-12) is a box.  This box represents the 'five-minute mark' for each larger number.  The student will be asked to fill in the missing numbers for 1 - 12.  Some of them are completed to help out.

The next couple of worksheets will show a time on the clock.  The child must write the time down to the nearest five minutes. 

The last two sheets reverse the process.  The student is given a time and must draw the hands on the clock.

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To review previous lessons on telling time or to review skip counting, try the pages below:

elapsed time worksheets
telling the hour worksheets
telling half hour time worksheets
skip counting 00

› Five Minute Marks

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