The first instance of Reading and setting clocks is under the Early math Math Mission. This exercise practices telling time on a standard analog clock.

Types of Problems

There are two types of problems in this exercise:

  1. Set the time: This problem asks the student to set the time on a clock to a given time using the manipulative.

    Set the time

  2. Tell the time: This problem asks the student to tell what time it is based on the unmarked clock in the picture.

    Tell the time


For older students that are familiar with the analog clock this problem is easy to get accuracy and speed badges. For digital age students, it may be straightforward to get accuracy badges but speed badges should be considered medium difficulty.

  1. For setting the time, make sure to go into the gap as needed, but they accuracy is not extremely stringent. You can generally approximate to save some time.
  2. The clock is a 12-hour clock, so you can ignore AM vs. PM.
  3. Minute increments appear to be in 5s in the worst case (possible 15s on the set clock problem).

Real-life Applications

  1. Clocks are needed to show up to places on time, such as not being late for school, or being on time for work.

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