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Planning and Telling Time Lesson and Worksheet

I’m happy to share with you a Telling Time Worksheet based on my first children’s picture book. This lesson is especially for first and second graders. But it can be used by anyone who wants to brush up on their planning and use of clocks.

With this worksheet, you are invited into Makoto’s world on the big day of his karate belt test. In the book, “The Can-Do Karate Kid: A Dojo Kun Character Book On Defeating Laziness and Procrastination,” Makoto misses his test because he is late. He puts off getting out of bed, eating breakfast and getting changed to go to his karate school. Clocks in the illustrations show how he is running behind for his 10:00 a.m. test.

With this Telling Time worksheet, we can help Makoto succeed in his goal of earning a new karate belt. We can help him plan to be on time and fight laziness and procrastination. All we need to do is write the time that he should do each thing in the morning in order to prepare for his karate test.

telling time worksheet


Here is the link to a really neat interactive clock. It provides extra help for anyone who is struggling with telling the time or maybe with using analog clocks. Careful, it might be cheating to use the clock without first trying to figure out the times on your own. But it can help children to check their own work and make sure they wrote the correct answers on their worksheets. This clock is more like a Judy Clock to help kids with analog times, especially if you click the “Digital: OFF” option near the bottom, right corner.

The worksheet above helps us focus in on planning consecutive steps that lead up to one particular goal. It can help children not only with telling time but with critical thinking and it plants the seed that we each have power in achieving our goals. Below is a detailed teachers’ lesson plan to go along with the worksheet for anyone who wants more detail or to use it professionally.

-Jenifer Tull-Gauger


For those of you who, like me, may not be all too computer savvy and need a little help with figuring out how to print the page or pages to fill a whole standard 8.5″ by 11″ paper. Here are some instructions on how to print these JPG files:

Right-click on the form and select “Save As,” then save in a folder with which you are familiar and can access.

Go into that folder and open the file so you can see the form fill your screen.

Click on the printer icon in the top, right-hand corner of the screen. (A “Print” window will pop up.)

In the Print window, select these settings:

     Paper Size: 8.5 x 11

     Photo Size: Full Page

     Page Margins: Normal

     Fit: Fill page

Then click on the “Print” button toward the bottom of that pop-up window.

Voila! You should have the form printing out and filling a full piece of paper. If you prefer me to email the forms to you as PDF files, just let me know via the contact form at the bottom of my website’s home page.

telling time teachers' lesson plan

Jenifer Tull-Gauger Kyoshi

Children's picture book author/illustrator. Traditional karate teacher and practitioner. Loves drawing and all kinds of art. Also into animals, plants and Mother Nature.

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