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“Early to Bed” is a really good time addition game




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Title – Early To Bed – A Time Game
By – Anne Daniel
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1-3

To be used after teaching time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour. Use to re-enforce how to tell time on an analogue clock. Can be used as a whole class or small group activity. Can be adapted for grade levels, this was used in a grade 2 class.

You will need:

      Student clocks (analogue)


      dice (1 per student)


    spinner with minutes (:00, :15, :30, :45)

How to play:

Students work in pairs. First player rolls the 2 die and adds the total for the hours (i.e., 2+6= 8). Then s/he spins the spinner for the minutes. (i.e., :45). They combine the hours and minutes to come up with their “bedtime”, i.e. 8:45. They display their bedtimes on their student clocks. Player 2 follows same procedure. The one with the earlier bedtime is the winner!

This is a good opportunity to wander and assess students as they play their game. Challenge – hand out “10 more minutes” cards or “Go to bed a half hour early” cards and have students add or subtract time from their clocks.

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