Sunday, March 18, 2012

Elapsed Time

Okay, I'll admit it.  I don't enjoy teaching elapsed time.  It's just one of those things that I've always dreaded teaching.  I think part of it is because it is such a difficult skill for students to grasp, and also because I've always had a hard time finding interesting and relevant activities for my students.  Since it is such a challenging concept, I'm constant seeking ways to make elapsed time hands on and relevant for my students! Last week, we used mini clocks and our class schedule to allow students to practice finding the elapsed time in an authentic way.
 I printed out our daily schedule for each student and gave students an elapsed time printable, where students used the daily schedule to determine the elapsed time of each subject area. There were other questions that required students to determine elapsed time problems of different parts of the day such as lunch and recess.
It was so funny to me to see how excited my students got about using our real class schedule.  They thought that was even cooler than using the little clocks.  They felt very grown up!  I've uploaded a copy of the activity that you can adapt to your classroom schedule.


meghan said...

What a great idea to use your own schedule! Might have to try this to review for our state test! Thank you!

Third Grade in the First State

Courtney said...

Looks great Ashleigh! Thank you for sharing!! Elapsed time is a difficult concept with the kiddos. What seems to work with my kids is teaching them how to do it on a number line!
Teaching in Paradise

teacher333 said...

Great idea....math in the real world! Thanks!

Stacy Johnson said...

When I taught 4th grade, that was difficult for me too! I am passing this on to a teacher who is having a hard time with it now. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs Johnson’s First Grade

Mrs. Corbitt said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to use your idea next week-after spring break!!!

Heather said...

Thank you! We're doing elapsed time this week for review and this would definitely keep them focused!

Elizabeth said...

I was about to pull my hair out today with elapsed time. This sheet will be perfect tomorrow! Thanks!!!


Fun in Room 4B

Megan said...

We didn't have long to teach measurement but one thing we did focus on was elapsed time. We used a number line to count the hours and then students draw their own clock to skip count to find the elapsed minutes. My PLC has found this to be really helpful!

Blackboard and Beyond

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Tanja said...

That's what we do too, Megan. This is a great activity for the children to complete! thanks!

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