The mental routines in this book are based on the accompanying software, ‘Telling the Time’. The routines are designed to support your teaching of the time content descriptions that occur in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics:

  • Year 1: Tell the time to the half-hour.
  • Year 2: Tell time to the quarter hour, using the language of “past” and “to”.
  • Year 3: Tell the time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time.
  • Year 4: Convert between units of time, use am and pm notation and solve simple time problems.
  • Year 5: Compare 12 and 24 hour times and convert between them.

There are no more telling the time statements beyond Year 5, however, from our experience, the Year 5 mental routines will be of benefit to older students too. But before you get started with the mental routines, we hope that you will find the first topic, ‘Teaching for Deep Understanding’, informative and useful. Reading the time in all its formats has become a vital modern life skill and we need to ensure that students are fully competent in all aspects of clocks, clock-faces, analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour times.

The Telling the Time package supports the teaching of the ACM for Year 1: ACMMG020,  Year 2: ACMMG039/040, Year 3: ACMMG062 , Year 4: ACMMG085/086 and Year 5: ACMMG110.

  • Description

    The mental routines in this book are based on the accompanying software, ‘Telling the Time’. The routines are designed to support your teaching of the time content descriptions that occur in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics:

    • Year 1: Tell the time to the half-hour.
    • Year 2: Tell time to the quarter hour, using the language of “past” and “to”.
    • Year 3: Tell the time to the minute and investigate the relationship between units of time.
    • Year 4: Convert between units of time, use am and pm notation and solve simple time problems.
    • Year 5: Compare 12 and 24 hour times and convert between them.

    There are no more telling the time statements beyond Year 5, however, from our experience, the Year 5 mental routines will be of benefit to older students too. But before you get started with the mental routines, we hope that you will find the first topic, ‘Teaching for Deep Understanding’, informative and useful. Reading the time in all its formats has become a vital modern life skill and we need to ensure that students are fully competent in all aspects of clocks, clock-faces, analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour times.

  • Australian Curriculum for Mathematics

    The Telling the Time package supports the teaching of the ACM for Year 1: ACMMG020,  Year 2: ACMMG039/040, Year 3: ACMMG062 , Year 4: ACMMG085/086 and Year 5: ACMMG110.

  • Sample Activity

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