- Use the whiteboard to help kids learn to tell time or distinguish between the time zones.time image by Deborah Durbin from Fotolia.com
Although we live in an age in which digital clocks are the norm, children still need to learn to tell time. Children often love to go up to the whiteboard and write, and interactive activities help them take ownership over the skills they are learning. Combine using the whiteboard with time activities to help teach children how to tell time.
Making the Clock
- For this activity, divide the children into teams, with each team getting a whiteboard marker. You'll ask each team to construct a clock from memory on the board. The first team that constructs a clock correctly will win an extra point. Next, give times for the students to write on their clocks. You'll check each clock, and the student who has the correct time first will win. Alternately, you can draw a clock on the board and ask students to tell you the time, each time receiving a point.
Timing the Picture
- Learning to work and properly use a stop watch to denote how many minutes and seconds have passed are important tools in learning to tell time. Ask students to come up to the board and draw a picture of a topic, such as a dog in a park, their family or their house, while another student times them with a stopwatch. When the student finishes, ask the other student to stop the stopwatch. The student who drew the picture can talk about his or her picture, and afterward the student with the stopwatch will say how long it took the student to draw the picture. You'll then discuss how many minutes and seconds the child drew for and how many seconds exactly the child drew. See who can draw a complete picture the quickest. You can also use the whiteboard and stopwatch to time how long children take to put on their shoes, put on their coat, wash their hands and other activities so children can set up a reference for relativism and time. Record your findings on the whiteboard.
- Time zones are a complicated subject that sometimes confuse students. For this activity, you will divide the students into teams, with each team receiving a white board marker. You can draw a map of the United States or the world on the board before the activity, or have the students help you in doing so. You'll say a place and what time it is initially, then say another place in another time zone and ask students to write down on the white board what time it is in the new place and where the place is located (to combine geography). Have the students write down the number of points they want to wager. When you go over the answers, students will win or lose the number of points they wagered for each question. Asking the students to put their answers on the board will increase accountability and help you correct mistakes.