Learning the importance of time and how it applies to everything we do is one of the most fundamental things students can learn in the classroom.
- Learn how to create a timeline
- Write down their own schedules
- Identify how to prioritize activities and responsibilities
- Solve word problems and calculate time (Grade 3)
- My Schedule reproducible
- Colored pencils or crayons
Make the Connection
Ask the class how long they predict it would take to walk to a specific destination at school. Record the start time, walk to the destination, and note the arrival time. Compare the elapsed time to students’ estimates.
Let’s Talk Time
Draw a timeline on the board to demonstrate elapsed time.
Leveling for grade 1: Use the timeline as a visual aid.
Leveling for grade 2: Count by fives on the timeline.
Leveling for grade 3: Explain why subtracting the stop time from the start can create errors (For example: 2:05 – 1:48. If subtracted as 205 – 148 it would equal 57, but the actual elapsed time is 17 minutes). Explain the parts of the the problem: start time, end time, and elapsed time. Provide and solve a few elapsed time word problems.
Time in Action
Have students complete the My Schedule activity sheet. Demonstrate how to fill in the clock as shown below.
Project: After students complete the second clock for homework, have them use their completed sheets to create a Timeline of My Day poster. Students will draw a timeline on poster board and label the timeline with the activities they noted on the activity sheet.
Leveling: Timelines should include a drawing of three (grade 1) to six (grade 3) clocks that highlight important times of the day.