Telling the time games, worksheets, stories and songs

Updated 4 May 2018

Related pages

Making arrangements page

Present Simple for routines page

Time expressions main page(for days of the week, months, dates, etc)

Teaching the time articles

How to teach telling the time in English (with game ideas) – NEW

Photocopiable telling the time classroom activities

Telling the time guessing game

Stacking races game (cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, dates, days of the week, months and times)

Johnny Slowly, Jeremy Normal and Jimmy Quickly telling the time story

Timetable battleships (days and times)

Other activities including the time

Making arrangements phone calls game (with brief stage brainstorming future time expressions)

Telling the time songs

What Time Is It? from Busy Beavers (slow and simple song just for times with o’clock- link to song and animation on YouTube)

What Time Is It? from LittleBabyBum (similar but with intro with “When the long hand points to the top and the short hand points to the hour”, which would give you time to get students ready to act out the song with their own arms – perhaps with a pencil in one hand to mean the long hand – link to song and animation on YouTube)

What’s the Time? from BrainTofu (rather freaky singing voice, but nice idea to do it to the tune of One Banana Two Banana, and has minutes as well – link to song and animation on YouTube)

And many more songs and chants available on YouTube. Note that Hickory Dickory Dock is not actually a time song, as it only has numbers with no “o’clock”

Telling the time books/ picture books

Johnny Slowly, Jeremy Normal and Jimmy Quickly telling the time story

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (times, including quarter of an hour at the end)

What’s the Time Mr Wolf (many versions available – this one has a finger puppet)

Cluck O’Clock (quite tricky but one of the few ones to have different numbers of minutes like “4:02” and rhymes, and could get students to correct you every time you say “o’cluck” – link to read through on YouTube)

What Time Is It Mr Crocodile (link to read through on YouTube, with weird voice, but gives an idea of what’s in the book)

Bats Around the Clock (some tricky vocabulary, but nice rhymes and actions that students could copy – link to read through on YouTube)

Link to more suggestions, but most too difficult to EFL classes.

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