2nd Grade - Telling Time

Time and Money
Telling Time
Tell time to the nearest quarter hour and know relationships of time (e.g., minutes in an hour, days in a month, and weeks in a year).
Identify the time (to the nearest hour) of everyday of events (e.g., lunch time is 12:00). Read and write time to the nearest quarter hour. Read time on both digital and analog clocks. Use logical reasoning to solve problems. Solve problems using elapsed time between A.M and P.M. Read and use information in a schedule.

Building Blocks/Prerequisites


Sample Problems


How many minutes are in an hour? ________ minutes


Choose the best answer.

How many days are in 1 week?

  1. 7

  2. 12

  3. 24

  4. 60


Circle the activity which you would most likely complete at 12:00 P.M.

Put your pajamas on for bed Eat lunch


Kaeli has ballet class at 3:30 P.M. Her class last for 2 hours. What time is Kaeli done with ballet class? Circle the answer.

5:30 P.M. 5:30 A.M 5:00 P.M. 5:00 A.M.


Write the time.

Learning Tips


Have your child use an analog watch as opposed to a digital watch. This will help your child prepare for telling time. Remind your child that the small hand (hour hand) always tells the hour and the bigger hand (minute hand) always tells the minutes. Encourage your child to figure out the hour first and then count the minutes. Point out that the hour hand travels around the clock slower than the minute hand.


Help your child to understand that the hour is indicated by the number that the hour hand has passed most recently. To find the minutes, remind your child to count by 5s starting by moving their hand to the number one. Have them count by 5s for each number that they pass until they hit the number that the minute hand is pointing at. Practice counting by 5s with your child by taking turns saying a multiple of 5 in order.


Help your child understand the concept of 1 hour, ½ hour, and 15 minute intervals by using a timer. Begin by using the concept of 1 hour. Help your child set a kitchen timer for 1 hour. It would be good to do this activity at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, etc. Remind him/her that 60 minutes equals 1 hour. Have your child go about their day with the timer near him or her. When the timer goes off, remind your child that 1 hour has passed. Encourage him/her to look at the clock. If the timer was set at 1:00, the clock will now read 2:00. Repeat this activity two or three more times. Once your child understands how much time is in an hour, try this activity again by setting the timer for 30 minutes and then again with 15 minutes. Your child will soon be able to make connections to how long each concept of time actually is.


Make a schedule with your child of activities that he/she would do throughout each day. Include any extra activities, events, times to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hang the schedule on the refrigerator or somewhere that your child will have easy access to. Encourage your child to check off activities as they are completed throughout the day. This will help your child make connections as to what part of the day certain activities are complete. (Ex. I eat lunch in the afternoon or at noon. I have baseball practice at 4:00.)


Have your child make their very own paper clock. Enchanted learning is a website that has a model for a clock (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/clocks/clock/). Once he/she has made a clock, explain that there are 24 hours in each day. Help them come to the conclusion that the hour hand must go around the clock two times to complete a day. Show him/her an example of this on the clock. Tell your child that when the hour hand starts at 12:00 and goes around once those hours are considered A.M. When the hour hand completely goes around the clock again, those hours are P.M. Your child may be interested in knowing that the abbreviation A.M. is short for ante meridiem, which means before noon in Latin. The abbreviation P.M. is short for post meridiem, which means after noon in Latin.

Extra Help Problems


Circle the activity that would take about 1 day.

A trip to the zoo Brushing your teeth


Decide the amount of time each activity takes. Draw a line to match the activity with the amount of time.

Brushing your teeth 5 hours

Going on vacation 5 minutes

Going to school 5 days


Circle the activity that takes about the same amount of time.

Eating breakfast Painting a house Drawing a picture


Underline the activities that take about 1 minute.

Taking a picture Blowing up a balloon Watching a movie


Put the days of the week in the correct order.








Days of the Week

Tuesday Friday Saturday Monday Wednesday

Sunday Thursday


Sort the words below into the correct columns.

Days of the Week Months of the Year

Word Box

Tuesday May Wednesday March June

February Monday Saturday April December


How many minutes are in an hour? ________________


Circle the best answer.

How many hours are in a day?

  1. 7

  2. 20

  3. 24

  4. 60


Circle the answer.

About how many days are there in a month?

A. 7 B. 31 C. 60 D. 365


Put the days of the month in the correct order.








Months of the Year

April July December September October

February January June November March

August May


Fill in the missing days.









Use the following nursery rhyme to answer questions 12-14.

Thirty Days hath September

Thirty Days hath September

April, June, and November

February has twenty-eight alone

All the rest have thirty-one

Except in Leap Year, that’s the time

When February days are twenty-nine

How many days are in the month of April? __________________


List the months that have thirty-one days.

  1. ___________________________________________

  2. ___________________________________________

  3. ___________________________________________

  4. ___________________________________________

  5. ___________________________________________

  6. ___________________________________________

  7. ___________________________________________


Circle the correct answer.

Which month has the least amount of days?

  1. January

  2. February

  3. Wednesday

  4. Friday


Write the time.

15 minutes after 4 ______:______


Use the chart below to answer questions 16-19.

Class Schedule

8:00-8:30---------------------------------------Morning Business







2:30-3:00----------------------------------------Pack Up


What time does English begin? ______________________________


What do children do first Math or Science? _________________________


Using the chart, how long is recess? ______________________________


Circle the best answer.

At what time does lunch end?

  1. 11:30

  2. 12:30

  3. 1:30


Draw the clock hands to show the time.

4:15 4:30


Write the time.


Write the start and end time. Write how many hours passed.

________________ hours


Draw the hands on the clock to show the later time.

4:00 2 hours later


Kyle starts music class at 3:00 P.M. His class lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. What time is Kyle done with his music lesson?

_______: _______ P.M.


Circle the activity which you would most likely complete at 12:00 P.M.

Put your pajamas on for bed Eat lunch


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