The children were asked to each snap together their own 5 cubes which we then connected, skip counted by 5s & compared our own 'length' with the cube's length. Day 1 we had 12 groups of 5 . Day two, we added 8 more groups to get 20 groups of 5.
After skip counting by 5s, the children created the multiples of 5 cards and placed them accordingly along the linked cubes. We also counted our groups of 5 which equaled 20. How could we write a number sentence to show how many total blocks we had linked together was the next task. Several realized we could write a multiplication sentence instead of skip counting or adding.
Once we practice skip counting for a few days with the cubes, songs and videos (adding in some dancing), we were ready for the clocks. I had them help me turn 12 of groups of 5 into a clock.
We began our weekly practice with our own clocks. There is a great deal of work ahead of us with word problems involving elapsed time, telling time to the minute etc. This big visual the children created will certainly be used often in the future!