Lesson Plan

Elapseable

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.
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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

Introduction

(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?"

Beginning

  • 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.

Intermediate

  • 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.