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Measuring Time in Words

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Grade 2 Measurement - 2.MD.C.7

How to Measure Time in Words - Do you know how to look at the clock and tell the time? We know that every day consists of 24 hours, and these 24 hours are divided into 12-hour increments. These hours are eventually divided into minutes and seconds. When a period of time that covers sixty minutes is known as an hour and a time period that consists of sixty seconds is known as a minute. When we look at the clock, we see two needles pointing at specific numbers and noting the time gets easier. We can easily grasp that if the big hand is pointing at 6 and the small hand is pointing at 5, its 6:25. But how do we say it in words? To make things easier, we have made a few terms that make measuring time in words easier. For example, if the clock shows 6:15, we say its quarter to six. If the clock shows 5:30, we say that it is half-past five. If the clock shows 12:00, we say it is twelve o'clock. This is how the numbers go, make sure you know how to measure time in words too! This selection of lessons and worksheets teaches students how read, write, and interpret measures of time in written form.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

A.M. vs. P.M. is the big take away here.

  • Homework 1 - The time in words would be half-past two o'clock.
  • Homework 2 - Write the time indicated in number format.
  • Homework 3 - We have to write this as digits. Ten indicates 10 minutes until the hour that follows.

Practice Worksheets

Don't forget to review some basic vocabulary like noon, midnight, midday.

  • Practice 1 - Write the times in numeric time format.
  • Practice 2 - There are four quarters and each quarter indicates 15 minutes.
  • Practice 3 - We have two halves each half indicates 30 minutes

Math Skill Quizzes

Switch the words for actual numbers in the times.

  • Quiz 1 - quarter past = 15 minutes after (x:15)
  • Quiz 2 - quarter to = 15 minutes before (x:45)
  • Quiz 3 - Write the times in words. 8:45 PM