“We didn’t DO math today!”

#SOL18 Day 26

“We didn’t do any math today Mrs. H.” Katie stated. 

“What do you mean? We just had an hour of math.” I replied. 

“Yeah, but we just talked we didn’t DO math.” She stated firmly. 

I laughed and wondered if my math lesson bombed. Today, we started a new math unit on time, which isn’t the most interesting 2nd grade concept, but much-needed. 

We learned about the difference between analog and digital clocks, the difference between the hour and minute hand, how the hour hand moves compared to the minute hand and other characteristics of an analog clock. 

In an attempt to make the lesson more engaging, we made a human clock with some of the children representing the hour and minutes of the clock. We formed a circle, I passed out the hour numbers, we made sure the numbers were evenly spaced starting with 12 and 6 and then 3 and 9.

“Oh, what am I going to be?” giggled Casey.

Six did a nice dance for us as the other hours were placed around the clock.

We gained an understanding of half, quarter and the 5 minute increments using our human clock. I’m hoping this activity helped to develop the understanding of half past, quarter past and quarter to when telling time. Time will tell.

Students worked with partners to show various times on the clock with special attention being paid to the position of the hour hand. This is always a stumbling block for 2nd graders when learning about telling time. We talked about the etymology of o’clock and had a mini lesson on contractions. I thought we were DOING math.

I don’t know whether or not my lesson bombed today but I’m going to choose to believe that Katie’s claim of not DOING math today means I pulled off making telling time engaging, Katie was DOING math and didn’t even know it.

3 thoughts on ““We didn’t DO math today!”

  1. lvahey says:

    How awesome that your students are LIVING math (instead of asking Siri “What time is it?”) (OK, I must admit I have done that!). I love your image of them giggling and dancing 🙂

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  2. First off, I had to laugh with the statement, “Time will tell.” Secondly, that’s the best kind of lesson when they think it’s all play and not work. What a fun lesson for time! Isn’t it amazing how the analog clock is not so prevalent anymore.


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