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3 Elapsed Time Activities You Need

Teaching Elapsed Time

Does teaching elapsed time make you want to scream?

I get it. This can be a tough one. 

What does elapsed time mean?

It is the amount of time that passes from the start of an event to its finish. In simplest terms, it is how much time goes by from one time (say 3:35pm) to another (6:20pm). And they want us to teach this to third graders?!

I hope these 3 activities I’m going to share below will make your life a little bit easier and help your students grasp this concept with fun + engagement!

Elapsed Time Worksheets

When I learned about the elapsed time number line, it was a serious game changer.

Students find using the number line very helpful to visualize the problem. Look at this fantasic video showing a number line in action.

This best-selling worksheet set is perfect for you and your class! Your students will master this concept in no time with these worksheets!

Elapsed Time Number Line Google Slides

This option may be super important for you to have this year when teaching virtual or hybrid classrooms, of course, you can use Google Slides with your in-person kiddos as well. Google Slides are so versatile which is why we all love them! 

You can easily use this interactive digital activity with Google Classroom for a fun way to practice this important math concept! There are movable pieces on each page that allow your students to show what they know, along with models and number lines. You can use this as practice or an assessment. Simply add to Google Classroom and create a copy for each student. If you’re not familiar with Google Classroom yet, read this blog post to explain why you may want to consider it!

Telling Time to the Minute Game

Telling time with this I have… Who has…” game is an interactive way to practice the concept of telling time to the minute in a fun and engaging way.

This game pack includes a telling time “I have …Who has…” game for 20, 24, or 28 students and can be used as a review, mini lesson, or summarizing activity.

The great thing is, it can be used again and again during a telling time unit! Hooray! This activity goes great with all of these third grade elapsed time materials.

I have two free elapsed time downloads for you!  Click HERE for a free Word Problems sheet and HERE for a free Number Line sheet!  

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