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Clock Song
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The hands on the clock go round and round,
Round and round, round and round.
The hands on the clock go round and round.
To tell us the time.

The short hand on the clock
Goes from number to number,
Number to number, number to number.
The short hand on the clock
Goes from number to number.
To tell us the hours.

The long hand on the clock
Goes around by fives,
Around by fives, around by fives.
The long hand on the clock
Goes around by fives.
To tell us the minutes.

The Faces Of The Clock

The Big Hand is busy
But the Small Hand has power.
The large one counts the minutes.
But the Little One names the hour.

When both Hands stand at the top together,
It's sure to be Twelve O'clock. But whether
That's twelve at noon or twelve at night
Depends on if it's dark or light.


Telling Time (by the hour) with the "The Grouchy Ladybug"
Need: story "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle, paper plates, red and black construction paper, brass fasteners, posterboard.

Give each child a paper plate. Have the children print the numbers of a clock on the paper plate. Start with the placement of the number 12, 3, 6, 9 and then fill in the other numbers.

Have the children place a large and small clock hands in the center of tier paper plate clocks with brass fasteners.

Give each child a red construction paper circle the size of their paper plates. Have the children fold the circle and cut it in half. Place the "wings" at the top of the clock paper plate and fasten with a brass fastener.

Use the black construction paper to make small circles to for the ladybug head. Use the scrap pieces of black construction paper to add black spots to the ladybug clock.

Practice times with the children 1 o'clock, 7 o'clock, etc. Read "The Grouchy Ladybug" to the children and have the children place the corresponding times on their ladybug clocks.

Unusual Clocks

Give children construction paper and have them draw the most unusual clock they can think of.

Paper Plate Clocks
Need: paper plates, 12 small circles per child, brass fasteners,
posterboard(for clock hands), crayons.

Make a clock face from paper plates. Have children either draw circles and number them from 1 to 12 or glue small circles with numbers 1 to 12 onto the paper plates. Children decorate the center of the paper plate. Have children place their name in the center of the paper plate.
Cut out the clock hands from posterboard. Insert the hands with brass fasteners on the paper plate clock center.

Call out special times and have the children place the hands on the hours. Such as: At what time do you get up? At what time do you start school? At what time do you eat lunch? etc..

Could also have the children hang their clocks in an appropriate place in the room and arrange the hands when they are "In" the room and when they are "Out" of the room.


Clockless Hour
Need: Cloth or paper to cover all clocks in the room.
See if you have an accurate sense of time.

First collect everyone's watches and cover all clocks in the room. Have the children get into groups. Plan an activity that takes about one hour. Estimate when the hour is up with the help of the children.

Do the activity. Stop working and check the clocks. Was it close to one hour?
What helped you to figure out what time it was?
Was it an accurate measure?

*Sites to See

A Walk Through Time
The Evolution of Time Measurement from Ancient Calendars through Early Clocks and up to NIST Time Calibration.

Read about Benjamin Banneker


Make paper clock faces with the hands drawn on them of the rooms daily routine. Label the activity under each clock. For example if your lunch time is 11:30. Make a clock face that reads 11:30 and place a label under the drawing "Lunch".

Place the clock faces in a roll on the wall by the rooms clock. Makes a great room display and the children soon will learn the time of each daily activity.

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