Basic Time Practice Test for 1st Grade – [Medium]
Updated on September 26, 2023
Learning about time is a monumental step for first graders. It’s not just about watching the clock hands move but comprehending the concept of time. At Brighterly, we believe in making this journey fun, engaging, and memorable for every young learner. Let’s dive into the basics of time suitable for first graders.
Understanding the Clock
A clock, whether digital or analog, is the primary tool for telling time. Every firstgrade student must be introduced to both types of clocks to grasp the fundamentals.

Analog Clocks: These clocks have hour and minute hands. The numbers 1 through 12 are written around the clock, representing hours. Each number is equivalent to 5 minutes when referring to the minute hand. So, if the minute hand points at 4, it means 20 minutes past the hour.

Digital Clocks: They display time with numbers. A 03:15 display means it’s 3 hours and 15 minutes, or simply 3:15 in the afternoon or morning.
Hours and Minutes – What’s the Difference?
Hours and minutes are like the ABCs of time for 1st graders. Just like we have 26 alphabets and 10 digits, there are 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour.

Hours: These are the bigger chunks of time. When the sun is out, it’s daytime, and when it’s dark, it’s nighttime. A day has 24 hours, with 12 hours typically reserved for daytime and the other 12 for nighttime.

Minutes: Think of minutes as the building blocks of hours. Like how many blocks do you need to build a tower? To make an hour, you need 60 minutes!
A.M. and P.M. – The Day’s Two Halves
Now, this is a fascinating concept! The day is split into two main parts: A.M. (before midday) and P.M. (after midday). It’s like splitting a delicious pie into two equal halves.

A.M.: Stands for “Ante Meridiem.” This is the time from midnight to just before noon. So when kids wake up for school, it’s usually A.M.!

P.M.: Stands for “Post Meridiem.” This starts right from noon and goes on till midnight. So, when kids are done with school and are playing in the evening, it’s P.M. time!
Fun Activities to Learn Time
At Brighterly, we love making math fun! Here are some awesome activities to help 1st graders learn about time:
 Time Bingo: Create bingo cards with different times and play! Shout out a time, and kids can mark it if they have it.
 Clock Craft: Get crafty by making paper plate clocks. Attach movable hands using a split pin, and let kids set the time you call out.
In conclusion, learning time in 1st grade can be fun, engaging, and truly enlightening with the right resources and activities. Dive into the world of time at Brighterly and make every second count! 🕰️