Tic Toc! Let's study the clock ⏰

The last couple of months have been exhausting 😓 both personally and professionally, hence the silence on the blog. But I'm finally back and ready to share something new with you. Maybe you'll find it useful 😊

TELLING TIME! I don't know if you've noticed the same thing as I did - kids struggle to tell time in their L1, especially when analogue clocks are involved. So teaching them how to do it in a foreign language can be a challenge. Of course, I'm not saying that all kids have this problem, but I've noticed an increase in that department.

Anyway, Present Simple had to happen so 'the clock' was inevitable. To help my kids study telling time in their individual work cycle I've created a couple of materials. As per usual, the materials are created in a way that doesn't require teacher's help whatsoever.

The first material (on the picture above it's the one in a plastic envelope) is based on a great game created by Pomysły Przy Tablicy. I used the clocks created for this game and put my own spin on them by turning them into a matching activity. I also added "digital clocks" so that the kids can practise both types of clocks. I've also recorded the time on each clock using PenPals so the kids can work with it as a reading or listening activity. The listening part of the activity works as the error correction mechanism as well - after matching the clocks to their written form, the student listens to the time and checks if it's the same as what is written on the big clock.

You can find the original game from Pomysły Przy Tablicy here.

Idea number two is in the basket. To create it I used my favourite Memo tiles from Flying Tiger. The tiles are blank on one side and you can draw or stick anything onto them. I used sticker paper to print 4 different kinds of tiles. 4 different tiles create 1 set. One set is the same time in different forms. Complicated? 😅 Not at all:

tile 1: analogue clock

tile 2: digital clock

tile 3: written form

tile 4: recorded time