'Round the Clock
(to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
'Round the clock the hours go, (Point to clock.)
Sometimes fast and sometimes slow. (Move clock hands fast, then slow.)
Tell me what the two hands say, (Point to the two hands.)
They will tell the time of day,
Nine o'clock, it's time for bed. (Create rhymes for different hours.)
Come along you sleepy head.
- As a related activity, make clocks from paper plates. Encourage children to use their clocks as they sing the song.
- Hold a clock in front of the class. Move the hands to show different times, and ask students to identify the times. Begin by teaching hours (i.e. nine o'clock), then move to minutes (eight-thirty). After students master basic terms, introduce phrases such as "a quarter past," "half past," "a quarter of," and so forth.
- Call out times. Let children adjust their clocks to reflect the time you named. (This can be used as a contest.)
- Discuss what people do at different times of day. Ask children what time they get up, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, work on homework, eat dinner, get ready for bed, etc.
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- Review the concept of rhyming words. Encourage children to make up their own rhymes for different hours.
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