Elapsed Time

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Simplify the introduction to calculating elapsed time with our Elapsed Time Lesson Plan, which provides practical activities for student to understand adding and subtracting minutes and hours to determine elapsed time. Solidify understanding as students convert their age in years to months, days, hours and minutes, as well as analytical skills as student order themselves from youngest to oldest.

Elapsed Time Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Elapsed Time.
  • Hands on homework activities giving students practice on determining the definition of elapsed time and how to measure it.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Simplify the introduction to calculating elapsed time with our Elapsed Time Lesson Plan, which provides practical activities for student to understand adding and subtracting minutes and hours to determine elapsed time. Solidify understanding as students convert their age in years to months, days, hours and minutes, as well as analytical skills as student order themselves from youngest to oldest.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask: What is time? Does time seem to move fast or slow sometimes? Why do you think that happens? (The questions are to motivate students to think about time.)
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students how much time has passed since yesterday at 4:00 PM (or a different time). Ask students when it might be important to track the amount of time that has passed by or elapsed. (Exams, cooking, racing, etc.)
  3. Allow for responses. Introduce elapsed time.
  4. Distribute Elapsed Time content pages. Read and review the information with the students. The method used to determine elapsed time may vary from student to student. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute supplies, fasteners, cardboard, etc. for students to create analog clock. Students’ use of the clock will help them better see and understand the passage of time, elapsed time. (Be sure students move the hour’s hand every 60 minutes.)
  6. Give students sufficient time to complete the activity and manipulate the clocks. When completed, students will exchange their responses with each other to check for accuracy. Circulate through the room to check for understanding and discrepancies.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow volunteers to share their age in years, months, days, hours, and minutes. Identify the oldest/youngest in the classroom.
  9. In closing, ask: What are the advantages and disadvantages of a digital clock and an analog clock? (An explanation of an analog clock may be necessary during the activity.)
  10. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.4.MD.A.2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

Additional Resources:

Want more math resources? Check out our other Math Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Math

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07/28/2018
Katrina P.
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Great Resources

I cannot wait to use these resources for the 2018-2019 school year! I love how everything you need to teach the concept is included; lesson plan, various methods, practice, homework pages, etc. Because elapsed time can be a hard concept for some students, I’m excited to try the different methods and see which ones stick with my students.

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02/12/2018
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06/29/2017
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Elapsed Time

Overall experience for this lesson is outstanding. Students enjoyed lesson.