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Teaching TIME with fiction ...

Published 7 months ago by Ann Baker


Hickory Dickory Dash by Tony Wilson is a fun, time related story book that can be used beyond Year One or Two.

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Hickory Dickory Dash is loosely based on the rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. It tells the story of a cat and mouse chase.
Will the mother mouse find her two baby mice before the clock strikes one?

Passage of time is at the heart of this book, 11:02 the mother mouse is in the playroom, 11:15 in the kitchen and so on. The kitchen scene shows the time in both analogue and digital form. There is not an o’clock or half past in sight because this book works in time to the minute, rare for a time story book.

As I was reading it I wanted to create a proportional time line on an empty number line so that I could see how much time was spent between one close scrape and another.

My imagination went to what other challenges and problems could be fitted in between each time.

I also wondered which other rooms in the house would be showing time in analogue or digital form.

I was perplexed by the clock on the second page it took me a moment to work out what time it was showing, only to realise that the clock has been incorrectly drawn. Rather than being upset by this I thought ‘what a great provocation it would be for students to identify what is wrong and to argue the toss about what time the illustrator really wanted to show.

Share this book with your class and have fun talking about what can happen in short time spans.

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