Lesson Plan


It's time to learn about time. In this hands-on lesson, students manipulate clock hands and jump across timelines in order to calculate the "distance" between different times and events.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Time Between Rings pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Time Between Rings pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

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

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Introduce the concept of elapsed time to your students by explaining that elapsed time means that time passes, or goes by.
  • Ask students to share some examples of elapsed time. Some guiding questions you can ask are: "How much time has elapsed since you woke up? How much time elapses while you eat lunch?"


  • Provide students with a notecard with the words "elapsed time" written in English and their home language (L1). Ask students to draw a picture on the back of the notecard to represent what elapsed time means (e.g. a picture of the morning on the left and the night on the right).
  • Ask students to explain what elapsed time means in their home language (L1) with a bilingual partner, if possible.


  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, explaining elapsed time in their own words.
  • Provide students with small analog clocks and guide them as they figure out how much time passes from waking up to coming to school.