Nothing But TIME!!! A Unit on ALL things TIME!

Hey guys!!! How is everyone doing?? Well, I'm sooooooo, I mean sooooooo excited to tell you all about my new TIME Unit filled with 190 pages of jam packed, ORIGINAL, fun and learning!!! You'll find TEACHING IDEAS, PHOTOS, ORGANIZATIONAL TIPS, TEACHER DIRECTIONS, MATERIALS, PRE AND POST TESTS, 10 DIFFERENTIATED CENTERS, ANSWER KEYS, RESPONSE KEYS, DIRECTION CARDS FOR STUDENTS, AND MUCH MORE!!! This UNIT was made to reach a wide range of academic levels with so many ways to differentiate already made and ready to go!!! My 2nd graders have been working hard on getting stronger with time by using all of these new activities! So here's a little bit about it! :) OHH, don't forget to read all the way through!! ;)
The whole idea to do a unit on time had first to do with our 36 minutes extended days that are covering our snow days. The great part is we won't have to make them up at the end of the year. It is a pretty long day, but I actually really enjoy those last 36 minutes!! It's nice to just be able to teach for that time! No evaluations, no set requirements, just what's best for your kids! AND...every day for the past 2 weeks, at least one student of mine has commented on how much fun they are having! :) I have to say that makes my heart melt and gives me chills! It's so nice to hear those words! 

Back to the time! My kids this year and previous years have always seemed to struggle with the concept of time. Heck, I think many of us struggle with that sometimes too! haha Not necessarily telling the time, but time in general. I may be one of those people who are late if I can be. :) I really try not to be, but I seem to always get tons of things done right before I need to leave! I work best under pressure! ;) ANYWAY...I wanted to break down time so we could build it back up with a solid foundation! I don't want my kids just memorizing and not completely understanding. SO...this is how my unit came alive! 




The first thing I did was look in our Everyday Math book and standards to make sure I knew the key elements of time needed to be mastered, exposed, etc. I looked at K-3 standards, but K doesn't have a time standard. However, there are several centers and activities they could do too. From this, I created a Pre and Post Test to assess their knowledge at the beginning and end of the unit. 
 Answer Keys are included.

Next, I tried to think of when my kids struggle and what they do at those times. 

Hand Confusion!!! 

How many of you have kids who ONLY use the hours to tell the time meaning 1:15 is 1:3 or 1:30. Some of my kids want to use the numbers they see for both. So we started out the unit with all things to do with hour hands and minute hands. We used hand cutouts where we added the times that each "talked" to along with BrainPop Jr. to talk about the parts of the clock (mostly review for my 2nd graders). We did a chant, used a hula hoop, pretzel sticks and hours and minutes! 

 Once we learned all about the clock and hands (all ideas and printables are included in the set), we moved into a few of the centers that directly went with those concepts along with understanding time as in schedules and the dates. Some of my kids have a very hard time writing and/or saying the date. So in the beginning of this unit, I introduce these centers in accordance with the centers having to do with the hands on the clock. 


My Hand Confusion!!! center in the picture above is a FREEBIE in my TPT store to give you a little taste of the unit!!! It's one of my favorites!!! Click HERE to download it now! :)

These centers cover all the foundational parts to telling time. The In a New York Minute! is a game that addressed just the minute hand to get them to do this routinely without troubles! The times for that center are to the 5 minutes. I've always noticed that the counting by 5s around the clock isn't the hard part. It's doing it when they have to look at both hands. So the intent was to have both hands on there but to isolate what they were looking for to practice this mistake they make often. :) There are 2 levels where one set has the flower petals with the 5 minute intervals shown for extra guidance. The 2nd level has clocks without this so your students who don't need as much guidance can use those. It's fast paced so it was winner from the beginning! hah The greatest part about all of these centers is that the materials can be used for several different things such as a Write the Room, flashcard type style, or simply using them to teach different times with. The options go on and on!!! 

Fractional Times, Time Relationships, Elapsed Time

After practicing and playing with these centers, we moved into fractional times on the clock. Since 1st and 2nd graders both have to be able to tell to the hour and half hour plus in 2nd the quarters and 5 minutes, I wanted to really work on this concept. We just finished fractions so this blended perfectly!!
For my class this year, I needed to do a day or two for each fractional part. I waited to add the "quarter to" time for when I felt the individual groups were ready for it so it didn't confuse them. This way I could move at their pace so if a group was ready quickly, I pulled them in a small group while the others were working on the centers to teach the "quarter to" concept. 

After all of the teaching lessons are complete, we put ALL of the centers to use!!! Then during center times, I can start pulling small groups of students or individual students to work on specific areas if I see they need it. 

(Every page is not showing since it's 190 pages...Didn't want to bore you! :)

This is just a glimpse into this HUMONGOUS 190 PAGE TIME UNIT!!! Make sure to stop by my TPT store to check out the Nothing But TIME!!! A UNIT on ALL things TIME!

Thanks so much for stopping by and learning more about my TIME Unit!!!

15 comments:

  1. This is my first year teaching 2nd grade, and I had no idea how much students struggled with time. It is no wonder I had so many 6th graders the past couple of years who could not read a clock. I had to teach many how to tell time ,and I was the Language Arts teacher. I think the teachers they had didn't have access to a unit such as yours. It looks so thorough. Many of my 2nd graders struggle with the hour/minute hand and quarter till, half past, and quarter after. I think this unit would really help them get over that hurdle. It looks amazing!
    lmoore8351@gmail. com

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    1. That's funny you say 6th graders don't know because my sister teaches 6th grade and tells me the same thing! I think that's another reason why I am on a mission to get them telling time!!! :) 2nd grade is the best grade though! hah I hope you're enjoying your group!! Thanks so much for commenting and joining in on the giveaway!!!

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    2. OHHH, since this is my first giveaway on here...I decided to send it to all of you!!!! :) I will send it your way tomorrow morning!! Thanks again! I would love to hear how you like it!!!

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  2. I think the concept of time is so hard. I couldn't pick just one struggle, so I picked three. :) I totally agree that using the hour hand to tell the time is a one of them. The concept of elapsed time is also really hard. My kids also struggled with fractional times even when they understood the actual time. I love that you have both activities and centers in this unit which would really give my kids the practice they need to solidify time in the multiple areas they struggle. You have some great ideas for teaching time, too! Sorry my post is so long!
    andrea . m . lee84 @ gmail . com

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    1. I completely agree with having a hard time picking just one!! Since this is my first giveaway, I'm sending it to all 6 of you!!! Be on the look out tomorrow morning!!! :) Thanks so much!!!!!!

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  3. A lot of my 2nd graders also struggle with the quarter to and quarter past concepts. Your unit would greatly help my student grasp and master the concept of telling time by taking it step by step instead of learning everything all at once. The unit looks like a great tool. Thanks for creating it!
    klmatthews12387@gmail.com

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    1. They definitely do struggle with the quarters of the clock for sure!!! Since this is my first giveaway on here, I'm sending it to all of you!!! Thanks so much for participating and stopping by!! I so appreciate it! :) I will have it sent to you tomorrow morning!!!

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  4. We have only covered time to the hour and half hour so I would imagine understanding time to the quarter would be a challenge. I am hoping your pack makes understanding time fun yet help kids have a solid foundation of time.

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Cherie!! My kids are definitely having fun with this so I really hope your kids do too!!! I'm sending it to all 6 of you!! :) Thanks so much for being a part of my very first giveaway!!!! I will send this tomorrow morning!! :)

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  5. First off love this pack. My students struggles with telling time to the minute. They do well when we talk about the hour. This unit will help them because it breaks time all the way down. I agree with you we have to give our students all of the information and not just have them to memorize the clock.

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  6. So excited about the chance of winning I forgot to leave my email address, bcole80@yahoo.com. Thanks

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    1. It's coming your way tomorrow morning!!! Thanks so much for commenting and being apart of my first giveaway!!! Everyone's a winner!!! :) I hope your kids love it!!

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  7. Time for my firsties is always a difficult concept! They cannot understand WHY the hour hand is BETWEEN 2 numbers at :30....WHICH number do I choose~......ALWAYS tough for them. I love the FRACTION idea...makes sense! Would LOVE this packet! Wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com 1stgradefireworks

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    1. Hi Wendy!! Thanks so much for your comments!! I agree with not understanding when the hands are between numbers!!! I'm sending this unit your way because I'm so excited about it!! Look for it tomorrow morning!! :)

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  8. Hi there!
    My kiddos usually have a hard time with the vocabulary part. It is OK with them to count by fives, but once I say quarter til, 30 minutes past.... they are lost. The hour and minute hand is a smaller issue than vocabulary for my class this year. In general, it is always hard for them to read the correct time once it is so close to the next hour.
    I will be reteaching time and money in the upcoming weeks :(
    Tania
    My Second Sense

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