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FUN FRIDAY: Human clock

December 23, 2011

Need an alternative to pencil and paper activities as you teach minutes, hours, and telling time? Give your active students a smile by creating human clocks in your classroom. Learners take turns being the hands on a clock by standing inside the hoola hoop. Peers participate by shouting out different times and encouraging the “clock” to correctly position his or her hands. This teacher, Jana Byrd, added hook and loop tape to her numbers so that students could also practice placing numbers on the clock in the right position.

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  1. Gale permalink
    December 26, 2011 5:09 am

    Telling time is a difficult concept for many students. This is a fun activity and novel presentation of material. It’s the DO in the “show-tell-do-repeat-apply” of learning. I tried this at home sitting in my computer chair. It internalizes the concepts of hand placement on the clock with static positions of the hands. A large mirror would really help with this activity (not usually available in a typical classroom) but with the numbers around the mirror so you would not have to hold up your clock. Partners could work together coordinating the “hands” of the clock/person. Also fun learning would be videotaping the activity from the perspective of the viewing the flat watch face held in space and then watching classmates create time placement.

    If you add to the activity the concept of the sweeping movement of the minute hand around the clock before the other hand moves to the next number, you really add some brain exercise with all the separation and joining of right and left side of the body and brain along with the aspects of movement One problem with that might be that when you get to 7 o’clock your arms are crossing in a cumbersome way. You might change hands half way around the clock at 6 o’clock – eg. right hand becomes the minute hand.

    How about adding a drum beat to the game? One, two, three, four, five “the clock says 1 0h Five”. Six seven eight nine ten “the clock says 1-Ten”, etc. Or beat the drum the number of times of the hour you want students to model. One-two-three means show me three o’clock. Makes you think out the direction using a different stimulus.

    All in all its really cool!

  2. December 30, 2011 9:05 am

    great idea. i’ll share it when school resumes in january.

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