Finch Tells Time

Teacher Note: Start by creating a large clock face on posterboard, as shown below. This activity uses Snap! Level 3 but could be modified to use another level.

In this activity, the Finch will be the minute hand of a clock!

Place your Finch in the center of the clock face with its beak pointing at the 12. 

Where should the Finch be pointing at 3:15? Write a program to make the Finch turn from the start position (pointing at 12) to the position of the minute hand at 3:15. You will need to adjust your speed and wait time carefully to make the Finch move exactly this amount. Remember, the Finch is a clock, so it should turn clockwise!

Where should the Finch be pointing at 7:40? Write a program to make the Finch turn from the start position (pointing at 12) to the position of the minute hand at 7:40.

How far does the minute hand of a clock move between 4:50 and 6:10? Write a program to show this with the Finch.

  • You know that the start time is 4:50. Where will the Finch be pointing?
  • How far should the Finch turn to show that one hour has passed? Where will the Finch be pointing now?
  • How much farther does the Finch need to turn to end at 6:10? Where will the Finch be pointing at 6:10?
  • What happens when you put it all together? Remember that you are trying to show more than one hour passing!

How far does the minute hand move between 11:30 and 1:00? Write a program to show this with the Finch.

  • You know that the start time is 11:30. Where will the Finch be pointing?
  • How far should the Finch turn to show that one hour has passed? Where will the Finch be pointing now?
  • How much farther does the Finch need to turn to end at 1:00? Where will the Finch be pointing at 1:00?
  • What happens when you put it all together? Remember that you are trying to show more than one hour passing!
Standards: 
This activity is aligned with Common Core math standards that focus on telling time (1.MD.B and 2.MD.C).
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