Unit 8: Telling Time – O’clock


  • This lesson will teach ESL students how to tell the time English.
  • This is the first lesson on telling the time in the most basic form using 'o'clock' and 'half ' The lesson does not focus on 'quarter to' and 'quarter past'.
  • This ESL kids lesson also covers daily routines and the adverb of frequency 'usually'.

Main Lesson Materials & Study Steps

time-oclock video lesson

1st –This cartoon animated video features a short dialogue, followed by vocabulary and sentence breakdown. It is essential for introducing the words, phrases, grammar, spelling and sentences of the lesson in context. Watch repeatedly to master the content. The video plays on any device.

time-oclock game

2nd – Then the student plays this fun game after watching the video, to practice the contents of the lesson. The game reviews key vocabulary, grammar and sentences from the lessons. This game can be played on any device.

time-oclock test

3rd – Finally the learner takes this test of the unit. The score of this test is captured in the LMS and gives educators an idea of how well their learner is doing. The test opens on any device – mobile & PC.

Worksheets for the Unit

The worksheets below are useful for offline and classroom activities. These printable exercises directly correlate with the above lesson 'Telling Time O'Clock'. Every worksheet comes with an answer sheet on the second page for educators.

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Lesson Story:

Dad is ready for work. He is surprised to find that the children are not ready for school. Mom goes to check and to her surprise, Freddie and Lisa are still sleeping way past waking time. She urges them to hurry and leave for school. It is clear they are going to be late for lessons.


Time, o'clock, half past, daily routines, get up, have breakfast, go to school, brush your teeth, go to work

Key Sentences/Grammar

  • It's 7:00 a.m. You are going to be late for school.
  • What time do lessons usually begin at school?
  • It's 8 o'clock already.

 Adverb of frequency – ‘usually'

  • usually have breakfast at 7:00 a.m.
  • usually get up at 6 o'clock.

This lesson is part of the Level 3 English course.

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