# How Long is One Minute?

• Math
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July 22, 2015

Show your students how long one minute is. Use a story and activities to help them gain a better understanding of time.

### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify how long one minute is.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Set the timer for 1 minute. Have the class sit quietly and wait for the timer to buzz.
• Ask the class what activities they think a person could do that would take less than one minute. Then ask them what some activities are that would take more than one minute.
• Tell students that one minute is equal to 60 seconds, or the length of time it takes to say "Mississippi."

### Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

• Read Just a Minute!.
• Ask students why knowing how long one minute is is important.

### Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

• Write down on a piece of paper several examples of activities that would take more than one minute, example: drive to school, read a book, shower, paint a picture, eat, shop for groceries, watch a movie, and several activities that take less than one minute, example: take a picture, tie a shoe, turn a page, sneeze, open a letter, wash hands, sit in a chair.
• Make two headings for the pocket chart, "More than 1 minute" and "Less than 1 minute."
• Have enough examples of activities for each student to have one to place in the pocket chart.
• As students place the activities in the pocket chart, watch to make sure they are placing the activities on the correct side and aid struggling students.

### Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

• Have students split into small groups and time each other as they do the Time Trial worksheet.

## Extend

### Differentiation

• Enrichment: Come up with another list of tasks for students to try to complete in one minute.
• Support: Pair struggling students with peer mentors.

## Review

### Assessment (5 minutes)

• Observe the class' ability to determine whether an activity will take more or less than one minute to complete.
• Check students' worksheets for accuracy of estimation.

### Review and Closing (5 minutes)

• Ask the class what they have learned from this activity.
• Have the class share anymore questions or concerns they might have about the lesson with you.