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Can't really speak to an answer but a simple teaching strategy does not necessarily mean the most effective.
Work on counting by 5's and then take real clocks and put 5, 10, 15, 20, etc stickers on each of the tabs for every 5 minutes. You can do this on worksheets with pictures of clocks too. Then have them practice counting by 5's to get to the minute hand to figure out what time it is. It is helpful to go both ways: give them a time and have them draw it on the clock, and give them a clock with hands drawn in where they have to say what time it is.
Starting with half past and quarters is helpful too, you can compare the clock to a pie and eating one quarter or one half of it.
Hope that helps!
If you can get some analog clock manipulatives, you can ask them to show you a time. Of course, you would want to begin with some direct instruction by drawing out images or modeling the manipulative first. It's best that they learn what the different hands mean and that they understand how the hour hand moves as the minute hand moves.
I would have them manipulate "Judy" clocks. State a time and then have then set the clock. Through doing they will remember.
We start by telling time with clocks that only have an hour hand. Students make clocks using a paper plate and hands attached with a brad. They learn that the hour hand points right at the number for "o'clock" and halfway in between numbers for half-past. Then we introduce the minute hand and they can see how it points to the 12 and 6. It's also helpful for them to see a clock passing time...like it's on fast forward. I like to use the "class clock" on Oswego. Here's the link: http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/ClassClock/clockres.html
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