Telling Time (Nearest 5 Minutes)

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Interactive Math Lesson - Time to the Nearest Five Minutes

Learning how to tell time to the nearest five minutes is exciting and fun in this interactive math activity from! Your students will practice telling time to the nearest five minutes using analog clocks in this online math lesson geared toward a third-grade difficulty level. Questions are presented in multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank format.

The telling time math questions your students will answer will help them practice their time skills in a variety of contexts. One question may ask "What time is shown on the clock?" Students must read the analog clock and select the correct answer from the multiple choices below. Another question may ask "Which clock shows 5:55?" Students must choose the correct analog clock picture from the multiple choices below. If students get stuck on one of the math questions, they can click the "Hint" button on their practice screen. The hint consists of a written clue that will help students choose the correct answer. For the example asking, "Which clock shows 5:55?" the hint tells students "The minute hand will be on the eleven, showing fifty-five minutes past the hour." If students answer incorrectly, they will be shown a detailed explanation page. For the same example, the explanation page will show the analog clock displaying the correct time, along with a written explanation: "The clock with the correct answer has the hour hand between five and six. The hour is five. The minute hand is on the eleven. The minutes are 55. The clock above shows 5:55." Students can move through the lesson learning from their mistakes.

Additional features in this this third-grade math lesson help students maximize their math practice experience. A progress-tracker on the screen shows students how many questions they have answered out of the total number of questions in the lesson. A score-tracker shows them how many questions they have answered correctly so far. The speaker icon can be clicked for the read-aloud feature. This is a great option for ESL/ELL students and students who excel at auditory learning.

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This online math lesson is classified as Level C. It may be ideal for a third-grade class.

Common Core Standard

Measurement and Data

Students will demonstrate an ability to work with time and money. They will tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

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