# Analog Clocks

## Overview

Clocks tell us what time it is. Recall that there are 24 hours in a day and it’s important for us to know what time it is so we can keep track of our daily activities. For example, if school starts at 8:00 in the morning we need to be sure to get to school on time before 8:00 A.M.

Clocks use numbers and hands. A clock has a big hand and a little hand. These are called **analog** clocks.

Look at the clock below:

The clock above has a big hand (which tells the hour), and a small hand (which tells the minutes). For a more detailed review, you can read how to tell the time.

Look at the clock. The big hand is on the twelve. This tells us that it is _______ o’clock.

To read the hour on the clock, look at the small hand.

The time is **10 o’clock**.

We can also write it like this: **10:00**

Here are some facts that you need to remember.

An hour lasts for **60 minutes**.

There are **60 minutes** in one hour.

There are **24 hours** in one day.

Let’s take a look at some other clock examples.

Look at the clock. The big hand is on the **six**. This tells us that it is half past the hour of _______ or ____: 30.

To read the hour on the clock, look at the small hand. Look to see which two numbers it falls between. On this clock, the small hand falls between 6 and 7. It is past 6:00, but not yet 7 : 00.

The time is six thirty.

We can also write it like this: **6:30**

What is the time?

The small hand is on 2, so we know the hour is 2. The big hand is on the 6 which is 30 minutes. So we know that it is 2:30.

**2:30**

Let’s look at another example:

What is the time?

**10:00**

What is the time?

**5:00**

What is the time?

**4:30**

Let’s practice!

### Practice Question 1

**What is the time?**

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### Practice Question 2

**What is the time?**

### Practice Question 3

**What is the time?**

### Practice Question 4

**Look at the clocks. Which one shows 4:30?**

### Practice Question 5

**Look at the clocks. Which one shows 7:00?**

The more you practice, you will be able to read the time on an analog clock faster. Try the quiz below.

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