Time Difference PPT

This was a little difficult for my ES 4年 students but they did enjoy it. The PPT asks what time it is in other countries, if it is noon in Japan.

You'll have to explain time difference (Japanese: jisa) first. You can use the picture at the beginning of the PPT to help, and the homeroom teacher. It might take time, but it's a valuable concept to know. They study it in 4年 I think.

Next, you'll have to explain the premise that it is noon in Japan. Just keep reminding them during the PPT.

What Time Is It Typhoon

  1. Place typhoon cards, an AM clock, and a PM clock on the board.
  2. Split students into 3-6 groups.
  3. Choose someone (HRT or student) to keep score.
  4. The teacher says a time, for example, “It’s 5:33 AM.”
  5. The team that raises their hands first may go up to the board and move the clock hands to the right time.
  6. If they are correct, they pick a typhoon card for their team.

Try to secretly glance at the real clock and call out that time.

What time do you~?

New Vocabulary: The Daily Routine

Wake up, go to sleep, take a bath, eat breakfast, eat lunch, eat dinner, go to school.


1. Before reviewing the new vocabulary, first review the different times on a clock. This includes 1 to 12, and 30 minute times (See Note 1).

2. Teach the new vocabulary featured above. Use pictures to illustrate the vocabulary. For example, if the vocabulary is ‘go to school’, make sure to also have a picture of a student going to school.

"What time is it now?" Binary Watches Edition

An info-gap activity with an evil, mathematical component.  Show students how to read time on a couple different kinds of binary watches. Then, give the worksheets from this file to alternating rows. Have them fill in dots and then ask the student next to them to read the time.

1. Warm up and practice saying tricky times < 10 min

2. Show pictures of the binary watches and explain how to read them < 10 min

3. Info gap activity < 10min