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.
- Determine the elapsed time of specific activities
- Collaborate and plan with their classmates about a hypothetical trip to an amusement park
- Identify how to prioritize activities
- Participate in classroom discussion about how time is spent
- How Important Is It? reproducible for grade 1
- Colored pencils or crayons for grade 1
- Planning for What Matters reproducible for grades 2 and 3
Make the Connection
Pose a hypothetical situation to the class. You have the opportunity to visit Awesomeland, the world’s greatest amusement park, for just three hours. These are some of the park’s attractions:
Write the appropriate times on the board, then divide the class into small groups. Have them plan a three-hour visit to the amusement park. Ask them to decide which attractions they will try in the park. Remind them to consider how long each one will take because there isn’t enough time to experience everything on the list.
Let’s Talk Time
Debrief the activity afterward as a class. Ask what made the task difficult. Answers could include disagreements about priorities, difficulty in planning, difficulty in calculating how many attractions can be experienced in three hours, etc. The groups that were able to prioritize the important attractions and made sure they left enough time to experience them probably had the best time.
Time in Action
Indicate that the same process can be applied to managing our time in our personal lives.
Leveling for grade 1: Distribute Activity Sheet D. Engage the class in a discussion about what they do after school. Use two or three activities as examples. In a show of hands, ask the class how important those activities are to them and how long they think each activity takes. After the discussion, ask students to complete the chart on the activity sheet. Students should discuss their charts with the class.
Leveling for grades 2 and 3: Distribute Activity Sheet E. Allow students to fill in the chart at the top of the activity sheet. For the bonus chart, have students determine the total elapsed time between when they arrive home from school and when they go to bed. Then have them use the activities they listed in the top chart to create their own schedule. NOTE: Students should indicate the time elapsed for each activity.
Reflect on time management with the class. Share how planning and prioritizing made it easier to schedule the more important activities.