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A grouchy ladybug and fun clock manipulatives help us tell time in this lesson




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Title – Grouchy Ladybug Time Lesson
By – Maxine Barrera
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1-2

TEKS: 1.12A Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Performance Objective: The learners will demonstrate an understanding of using clocks to tell time by using manipulatives provided and by sketching them on paper with 100% accuracy.

Strategies used in this lesson: Clock Manipulatives

Materials Needed:

      Teacher model clock

      Student manipulative clocks

      Clock diagrams

      Sticky tack/tape, or a tripod

Prior knowledge needed for this lesson:

    Number recognition — needs to be able to easily identify the numbers 1 – 12.

Key vocabulary used in the lesson:

    Clock, hands, arrow, o’clock, time, hour, gentle, clockwise, counter-clockwise

Lesson Presentation:

      1. Show the large clock and how its hand moves.

      2. Ask students to state reasons why we need clocks.

      3. Today, we will learn to tell time with a grouchy ladybug and fun clocks. Before we can do that, we need to discuss some key words that may be unclear or have more than one meaning so that when we use them to tell time, we all know how to interpret those words.
      1. Talk about clock.

      2. The teacher will introduce some key terms and write them down.

      3. Each student may turn their yellow clock over and become familiar with the clock.

      4. Stop, clocks down.

      5. The teacher will read “The Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle

      6. While the teacher reads the book, she/he will point out the times on the clocks and the students will move their clocks to show the time the book says. The teacher may call students at random to come to the big clock and show everyone the time.

      7. The students will draw the hands on the clocks according to the time stated below the clocks.

      8. When the students have finished, we will go over each one together with random students taking turns to show the correct time on the big clock.

    9. The teacher will check the students’ clocks for 100% accuracy for “five” (sticker).


      Each student must have all of the clocks completed on their sheets with 100% accuracy. Each student must be able to demonstrate on the manipulative clock the time asked by the teacher. The teacher will ask students to hold up their clocks with the time specified showing in order to do an “around the room” quick glance at the clocks. Each student must be able to move the clock hands to show a specified time with 100% accuracy.

Closure: the teacher will ask the following questions…

  • Tell me what you liked the most about the story.
  • What was the hardest part of learning to move the hands on the clocks?
  • What was the best part of learning to tell time this way?
  • What could we have done differently to make it more fun/interesting to you?


      1. Students will go to the art center and paint a picture of their favorite time of day, a clock showing the specified time (as in the Eric Carle book) and show it to the rest of the class at the end of the day with a brief description of what time it is and why it is their favorite time of day.

    2. Students can work with partners to make a daily schedule similar to the one posted and illustrate the activity for each time of day.


    1. Using the sheet with the clocks that already have the hands drawn and the time written out below them and write the time in digit form. Students may color the clocks with different colored crayons.

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