Time Trivia and facts – Learn all about time and how it’s supposed to be read with the help of our downloadable mathematics worksheet for kids.
Looking at the clock is so confusing! And I can’t see any hands on the clock! And what is quarter to? Half past? Midnight? AM PM?
Let’s see how we can help you read the time.
Hands of a clock
The hands of a clock refer to the 2 sticks that rotate round and round over the numbers that you can see. The long thick one is the minute hand and will move only every minute. The short thick hand is the hour hand and will move only every hour.
The numbers on a clock
The numbers on a clock refer to the time of the day for 12 hours. Basically time is told in 2 12 hour slots. 12 in the night- which is also called midnight- to 12 in the day- which is also called noon. The second 12 hour slot is from noon to midnight.
AM refers to any time from midnight to noon.
PM refers to any time from noon to midnight.
The slimmest hand
The thin hand you see going round and round is called the second hand. Basically an hour is made up of 60 minutes and each minute is made up of 60 seconds. This second hand is the busiest hand on the clock and moves all the time. When it finishes one round of the clock from 12 back to 12- one minute is up!
Try to read the time
Now that you know all the members on the clock, try to read the time with your mum or dad. Remember the second hand tells the minute hand when to move- that’s every 60 seconds. The minute hand tells the hour hand when to move- that’s every 60 minutes. The hour hand tells you when you have to move!!!!
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