Overview - TIME FAMILIES GAMES
This Time Telling Game is a creative, colorful, and innovative teaching method that turns time-telling basic skills into a fun and educational game. This board game teaches digital and analog time using four full-color game boards that focus on the hour, quarter hour, and half hour. Each of the four games uses a different time-telling group, symbolized by a memorable "Time Family" concept. This technique helps students learn to associate the name of basic time elements with the way each family points. For example, the O'Clock Family always points Up, the Fifteen Family always points Right, the Thirty Family always points Down, and the Forty-five Family always points Left.
The games are structured on the premise that if these four time increments are understood, students will be able to read time to the minute more easily when moving to a more advanced time-telling program.
Game includes four large, easy-to-read Game Boards for each of the time telling "families"; 96 Draw Cards (24 per game); four dice, 24 playing pieces, and detailed Teacher's Guide containing complete instructions, the reproducible Family Album Sheets, and reproducible Progress Chart.
Students begin by learning the difference between each of the four time families and their slogans. The first game, the O'Clock Family, teaches them how to read the hour on each of the 12 small clock faces on the game board. Once participants have mastered each hour, they move on to the Fifteen Family game. After mastering the second game, they move respectively to the third and fourth game.
Each of the four games contains three levels of play that allow students with different abilities to learn how to tell time. In Level I, players start at 12:00 and work their way around the board naming the time and setting the central clock to match. In Levels II and III, players use Draw Cards with both analog and digital times to match.
Complete instructions for all four games and all the levels are included in the Teacher's Guide. One highlight of the program is the way it emphasizes various learning styles, thus making it accessible to different types of learners.
This type of learner strengthens memory skills by readily seeing the shaded portion of each clock, which represents the elapsed time. Players also benefit from seeing the dotted lines that represent each hour.
This type of learner reinforces the concepts by saying and hearing the names of the times shown and by repeating and hearing each time family slogan.
This type of learner practices moving the hour hand on the central clock.
To enhance the learning that takes place with the board games and to prepare students to tell time without adaptive helpers on the clock face, PCI also offers a set of 100 reproducible activity sheets, Time Families Worksheets, available separately.
Product Type: Game
Teacher's Guide: Yes
Author: Heidi Mittiga
Number of Players: 1-6 players
Reading Level: High-interest/Low-level reading
Age Appropriate Level: Elementary, Secondary, Adult