We always start the lesson with a very quick revision of sequencing numbers in this case 1-11 by using the counting song till 20 and flashcards.
The next number in line for this week was number 12. I told the children that this is a special number for two reasons.
- First of all there are two numbers standing up next to each other. I played a small game with them where I pretended to say the number 12 as two-elve so they could listen to the numbers that are in the word. Then I told them to help me fix it. We then said twelve together. I do this mostly with 12, 13 and 15 to help them recognize the numbers when they are jumbled up in a number line.
- 12 are the numbers which are found on the clock.
In Pre-Junior we cover the following points.
- Very simple language related to the clock: face – face of the clock: hands – it has 12 numbers: that it has arrows which we call the hands.
- One hand is short and this is called the hour hand. This always moves to show us the o’clock. So we say 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock etc.
- One hand is long and this is the minute hand. This stays stuck to 12.
Besides playing clock games on the interactive whiteboard the children also watched the following video clips. Here are some video clips:
Hickory Dickory Dock | Super Simple Songs
The children created their own clock using a paper plate which they decorated as they pleased. The numbers were stuck on small stickers and placed on the clock too.
Last but not least two foam hands were attached so the children could practice their o’clock. (The arms were cut out from two different colors so the children could distinguish the hour hand and the minute hand and which one of them they can move).
To understand the clock further the children became a human clock themselves. Twelve of them were numbers, others became the hands. Here are some photos:
Last but not least they worked out this page in their space and measures workbook.