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Measuring Time in Minutes Worksheets

The metric foundational measurement unit of time is a second. This is often not where we begin with the curriculum. Seconds go by so quickly that they are difficult for students to see. It makes much more sense to start with 60 of those units in the form of a minute. You can even use your classroom clock to see that long hand slowly skip along. The important thing to remember at this level is to help students get more comfortable with analog clocks and what each hand indicates. Once they can read these clocks proficiently then we move on to relating all the measure of time such as seconds, minutes, hours, days, and eventually years. These worksheets will help students learn how to determine time on analog clocks and we pay particular attention to the minute values.

Aligned Standard: Grade 3 Measurement - 3.MD.1

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Homework Sheets

Draw the hands on the clock and then tell us what the times on the clocks are.

  • Homework 1- David got to the play at noon. He watched the play for 40 minutes. Draw the time it is now on the clock.
  • Homework 2-A clock consist of two hands. A minute hand (long hand) and an hour hand (short hand).

Practice Worksheets

It's more focused on reading times here.

  • Practice 1- Write the approximate value that appear on the clocks. Focus on the longer hand.
  • Practice 2- You will need to estimate a bit. I recommend you extend the end of the hands.

Math Skill Quizzes

We hit both core skills in the quizzes. Pace yourself and make sure you understand what is being asked of you.

  • Quiz 1- You can push those arrows out a bit by drawing a dotted line from the end of the plots.
  • Quiz 2- You will asked to both read clocks and draw time on a series of clocks.

Minute Hand on Clock

What Is a Minute?

Minutes are units of time. Understanding how to readout time can make your life easier. As students, it is always challenging to understand what the hands of the clock indicate and how they work. Hours, minutes, and seconds can confuse you one way or another. That's because we fail to understand what each of these means.

Take a closer look at the clock and watch the speed of each hand. Are they ticking at the same speed, no, right? So, let's try to understand better the clocks fixed in our homes.

When we read time, generally, it has hours, minutes, and seconds in it. While sometimes, we do not pay much attention to the seconds, we can never ignore the minutes mentioned in the time. A minute is the second unit of time after an hour. There are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. And this is why each of these hands rotates at different speeds.

If we consider this example; it's 10:35 in the morning. This means that it's 35 minutes past to 10 o'clock. In this example, you see, it is essential to mention the minutes precisely as they tell you the exact time of the day.

How Are Minutes Signified on a Clock?

Digital clocks are much easier to read. Digital clocks separate the time into units of hours and minutes split by a colon (colon). The units found to the right of the colon signify minutes.

Analog Clocks are a bit more complicated. They come in two varieties which either have 2 or 3 hands. If they the have 2 hands, the longest hand indicates the minutes and the shorter hand indicates hours. The 3-hand variety has a thin fast-moving hand that signifies seconds. These 3-hand varieties are typically found in classrooms. The time on these clocks is based on the concept that there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. Therefore, they are broken into 12 5-minute intervals.

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