Telling time is one of the most important math skills. As you begin to help your kids learn to tell time, let them practice and experience telling time in real life. There are many ways to do this, even if you’re not actually sitting at a clock determining the hour and the minutes. Have conversations throughout the day about morning, afternoon and night. Discuss what time certain events are happening, and how much time has passed. Engaging your kids in casual math talks is important for building confidence in later math learning. And when they’re ready to tell time to the hour and half hour, read this fun, telling time early math reader!
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I’ve had the idea for creating simple math readers for awhile (I hesitate to call it an emergent reader, because the vocabulary is more advanced than that), so I’m very excited to share this “snow day” themed story with you!
As we see in the classic math story, Math Curse, math is all around us and we use it everyday. So my goal with this story is to weave math into a typical day so that kids can see that math is an important part of our life.
Because the math problems in this story are fairly simple (telling and writing time to the hour and half hour), I tried to keep the language and vocabulary in the story simple as well. This story is appropriate for 1st and 2nd grade, or Kindergarteners who are advanced readers.
If your child is younger and can’t read it on their own, but is capable of working out the time problems, let them color the story and then read it to them, letting them solve the math problems.
To Use the Telling Time Early Math Reader:
This printable book includes 2 copies to make it easier to print a class set (or to use with multiple kids, if you homeschool).
If you print the pages front and back, you can simply cut the pages in half and then staple the pages together. You will then have two books, and when you open each page the story will be on the left with the math problem on the right so that your students can see it all at the same time.
To print 2 sided, print the even pages, then insert the pages back into the printer and print the odd pages.
If you have a “print 2 sided” option on your printer, be careful. It might print the back sides upside down.
Or you can always just print the book one sided, and you will still have two books each time you print!
I hope you enjoy this telling time early math reader! I love combining reading and math, so I hope you find this to be a fun and useful way to learn with your kids!
If you like this and find it to be useful, be sure to let me know! I would love to create more math stories if it’s something that teachers and parents enjoy!
Want more resources to practice telling time? Check out these!
- “Time for Spring” practice pack
- All about time and elapsed time (multiple freebies)
- “Snowy Day” word problem pack (FREE for subscribers! Subscribe here to get this time resource and SO much more!)
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