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Reading Analogue Clocks

Here is some helpful information when learning to read analogue clocks, like the ones commonly found in classrooms.

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How Time is Measured

​1 hour is the same as 60 minutes:

  • An hour can be split into halves, with each half equaling 30 minutes.​​​​​​​

  • An hour can also be split into quarters, with each quarter equaling 15 minutes.​​

15 minutes = ¼ of an hour

30 minutes = ½ of an hour

45 minutes = ¾ of an hour

60 minutes = 1 hour​​

How a Clock Works

A clock has two sets of hands to measure time:

  • The short hand tells you the hour and the large hand tells you the minutes.

The numbers on a clock tell you different things:

  • The hours in a day and ​the minutes in an hour

There are four lines in between each number:

  • Each line represents one minute, showing groups of 5 minutes from one number to the next. 

Clock Tips!

To help read an analogue clock, tape the minutes to the wall around the clock. Doing so helps visualize the connection between the numbers on the clock and their meaning.

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Analogue clocks also help you skip count by 5s!

​To practice reading an analogue clock, create flashcards with a clock image on one side, and the digital answer on the other.

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