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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:24 pm 
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Hi all, My child (yr 4) struggles with clock/time related word problems. Could you pls suggest a 'systematic' way to teach 'time' topic? We,ve done related worksheets previously, but it has occurred to me that she is normally stuck at time etc problems as the concept isn't clear. Pls help!! Thank you very much.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:16 am 
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Have you tried real problems?

"in 15 minutes time, you can take a break" or use the television section of the paper to work out how long to her favorite programme, work out times for journeys e.g. to school/clubs It takes us 15 mins to get there we need to be there by 8.45 - when should we leave?

A lot of children find time difficult, especially using an analogue clock or watch.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:26 am 
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I have found that a number line is good - count along in gaps of, say, 5 minutes writing in key times e.g. hours.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:38 pm 
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Does she wear a watch?
Actually using a watch makes a lot of difference to children's ability to tell time and work out time related problems.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:42 pm 
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guest201 wrote:
Does she wear a watch?
Actually using a watch makes a lot of difference to children's ability to tell time and work out time related problems.

She does, but is always reluctant to tell time:(


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:43 pm 
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Also, in any mixed word prolegs, always leaves out time related ones!


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:03 pm 
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try these

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm#time

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent. ... asures.htm


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:30 pm 
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Buy a geared clock face from power of 2. Use it first of all to practice telling the time, then for finding the gap between two times, draw out timelines too as g55 suggests. Then start doing simple time problems with and without the geared clock face.

You have yo go right back to the basics and build up to find out the shaky bits and improve them. Power of 2 does a good basic book about time too which will not take long to complete.


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