Lesson Plan

How Long is One Minute?

Show your students how long one minute is. Use a story and activities to help them gain a better understanding of time.
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Time flies in this practical math lesson! A minute is made up of 60 seconds—but what does that mean in the real world? First graders will look at a simple question in a lot of different ways in the lesson plan How Long is One Minute? Soon students will be talking about what they can do in a minute, and which things take longer than a minute. By thinking about the limits of a minute, kids get a better sense of how time works.

Learning Objectives

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

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Time Trial
  • 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 make your bed.