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song for teaching time/measurement



I am looking for a song or creative way to teach how to tell time and measuring using inches & centimeters.


Senior Member

I like to teach time using the One Hand at a Time approach. It focuses on teaching only the hour hand first. For instance, it's a little past 3 or it's just after 6. Eventually, they learn how the two hands of a clock work together-but only when they understand how each hand works individually. The book is by Patricia E. Smith through the Dale Seymour Publications. I use this along with a series of "slit clocks" which are made from paper plates and are self-checking. This is another single-handed approach to telling time. It's from Teacher-made Aids for Elementary School Mathematics from the Arithmetic Teacher. Both are supported by the NCTM. I've used this with second graders for years and it works great.


Junior Member
Hap Palmer

Hap Palmer has a song that helps teach time.

I like using literature to help. A good book to teach time to the hour is "The Grouchy Ladybug" . I have students show the correct time on individual student size clocks while we tell the story.

Another great tool is a memory game where students find cards that match analog and digital clock times. Great for a center activity.