Teaching and practicing how to tell time in italiano


Is reading an analog clock a lost art? NO! This year's Italian 1 crew demonstrated that they do know how to tell time on the pre-assessment so it will be very easy to transfer their knowledge over to la BellaLingua.

  • I introduce telling time with a big teacher clock. The students take notes on my telling time Cornell Note sheet.
  • We practice using student size clocks as well as with a powerpoint from Paul Widegren, he teaches Spanish, but there is only one or two slides that has words.
  • We've practiced showing the correct time on clocks from Lakeshore Learning.
  • We calculated what time it was in various locations around the world using a pdf I found on this Australian site with lots of FREE! great resources for beginning language skills in several languages.
  • We threw a koosh ball at the SMARTboard to pick clocks to read aloud using a file from the Smartboard Teacher Exchange
  • We completed a cloze activity with the lyrics to Mezzogiorno by Jovanotti and enjoyed viewing the different official videos for this song.

On the loooooooooooonnnnnnnnng day of rotation, we did learning stations.

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  • Telling Time Bingo (from Discovering French catalog) I made a set of "call cards" in Italian because this set only has French, Spanish, German

  • Telling Time Uno (from a homeschooling group)

  • Telling Time Puzzle matching orario normale with orario ufficiale (available in my TPT store) 

  • This PIN-Spired activity I'm naming Tell and Show You Know: One student will clip the time words(clothespins) onto the popsicle sticks and the other student will set that  time on the clock manipulative. 

  • A writing activity about a typical day of their life(from the above referenced Australian site) 

  • A reading comprehension activity using TV/cinema schedules from the book Tocca A Te! After finishing this unit, I found this scheda that I'm going to incorporate as well next time I do this unit.

  • Telling time online games @ the classroom computer. 

How do you teach telling time in your World Language Class? What interesting activities do you do?

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