Match each clock to the time it shows.
And then we’re given three clocks and three different times: 25 past four, quarter to four, and quarter past four. In this problem, we are asked to match the time on each clock to one of the times written in words. So each clock is matched to the time that it shows. All of the times are around four o’clock. Look how they all say four in them.
The first and the last times written in words are both times past four. These are times after four o’clock. And the middle time in words is a time that is before four o’clock. It’s a “to” time, quarter to four. So to help us find out which time is which, let’s look at the hour hand on each clock face. Where is the hour hand? Is it before or after four o’clock?
We can draw a dotted line to show where the hour hand would be pointing if it was four o’clock. In the first clock face, the hour hand is before four o’clock. If we look closely, we can see that it’s not quite pointing to the number four yet. On the second clock face, we can see that the hour hand is slightly past the number four. It’s a time past four o’clock. And the same is true of the final clock face. This is a time after four o’clock too.
Remember, we noticed that only one of our times show the time before four o’clock. So which of the labels shows a time before four o’clock? The second label it shows quarter to four. And so the first clock face looks like it should match up with the second label. Let’s just check that it shows quarter to four.
If the minute hand moves quarter of the way around the clock, it will then be four o’clock. The time on the first clock face shows quarter to four. The second and third clock faces show times past four o’clock. Here’s where the minute hand would be at four o’clock. And we can see that it is moved a quarter of the way around the clock.
The time on the second clock face shows quarter past four. And so it looks like our final clock face must be showing the time 25 past four. Let’s count in fives to check that’s correct. Here’s four o’clock, five past four, 10 past four, 15 minutes past or quarter past four, 20 past four, 25 past four. The minute hand has moved 25 minutes past four o’clock. The time is 25 past four.
So we used our knowledge of where both the hour and the minute hands were on each clock face to help us find the answer. Two of the clocks show times past four o’clock. And one of the clocks showed a time before or to four o’clock. The first clock face shows the time quarter to four. The second clock face shows the time quarter past four. And the last clock face shows the time 25 past four. We’ve matched each clock to the time that it shows.