Lesson Plan

Time Between Rings

This support lesson provides students with the opportunity to explore elapsed time by discussing the time between timer rings. Use as a pre-lesson to Elapseable or as a stand-alone activity.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Elapseable lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Elapseable lesson plan.



Students will be able to describe the concept of elapsed time.


Students will be able to discuss the time between timer rings with grade-appropriate vocabulary words using sentence frames and analog clocks for support.


(3 minutes)
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  • Gather students together in front of the whiteboard.
  • Display the analog clock and digital clock so all students can see. Say, "I want you to think about what you see and why these items are important. Turn and talk to a partner and justify your reasoning."
  • Provide sentence stems, such as:
    • These items are important because ________.
    • These items help me because ________.
  • Jot down student ideas on the whiteboard and say, "These items are clocks. Clocks are important because they show us the time. We use time to keep track of what's going on throughout the day."
  • Write down the language objective on the whiteboard and explain any words that might be difficult for students to understand. Have students think-pair-share the language objective in their own words to an elbow partner.