Snow Much Fun with Elapsed Time!

Three Strategies for Figuring Elapsed Time
Elapsed time doesn't have to be so complicated.  Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Even better, there's a freebie here.

One of the most difficult skills with telling time is measuring elapsed time.  Even as an adult I find myself counting the hours and minutes aloud just to make sure I do it correctly.

I show my students three different strategies to measure elapsed time.  I don't know that one strategy is any better than the others. I like to give kids several choices and then let them use the method that works best for them.

Strategy 1  Use a clock face.  I usually start with this strategy because it uses a clock face and kids can see that the minutes from one hour flow into the next hour when figuring elapsed time.  This works best if the elapsed time is less than an hour.  If the kids are counting elapsed time and end up with 75 minutes you'll have to show them how to convert 75 minutes into hours and minutes.

As this chart shows the student starts at the first time and then count the minutes to the ending time.  If the starting time is not on a 5 minute interval that I usually have the students count by ones to get to the 5 minute and then they can more easily count by 5s. For example:  How long is it from 3:32 to 3: 50? "3:33, 3:34, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50. That would be 18 minutes." (It's easier to see on a clock face.)  Another tip is to have a worksheet the kids can mark on with their pencil.  That way they can draw the little "hopping" marks to then count the minutes.


Elapsed time doesn't have to be so complicated.  Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Even better, there's a freebie here.


Strategy 2  Use a flat number line. A clock is a type of number line but when figuring elapsed time that is more than an hour using a flat number line may be easier.  Begin with the beginning time.  Draw a large jump (mountain) to jump into the next hour.  In this example we jumped from 1:47 to 2:47.  Kids will need to understand when jumping ahead one hour only changes the hour, the minutes don't change yet.  When the hour jumps gets you into the needed hour, begin counting the minutes. Again, I ask students to count the single minutes to get to a five minute interval.  Keep jumping ahead by 5s until you can't jump anymore without going past the time.  You may need to jump more single minutes to get to the ending time.  Finally, count up the hours and minutes to know the elapsed time.

Elapsed time doesn't have to be so complicated.  Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Even better, there's a freebie here.

Strategy 3  Use a T Chart.   I find this works well if kids have a good understanding of time.  Write the starting time on the right. On the left you'll be keeping track of the elapsing hours and minutes. Advance by hours first, then 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 5 minutes and single minutes. If your students can only count in 5 and 1 minute intervals this strategy will still work, the T Chart will just be longer.

Elapsed time doesn't have to be so complicated.  Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Even better, there's a freebie here.


Here's a free download to begin showing your students how to figure elapsed time.   
 Free posters for teaching the strategies for figuring elapsed time from Crockett's Classroom


 The full version of Snow Much Fun with Time is available from Crockett's Classroom on TPT.

 Snow Much Fun with Time, telling time activities from Crockett's Classroom

Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Crockett's Classroom

Show your students how to figure elapsed time without stressing them out!  Crockett's Classroom

Time to teach telling time to your students!  They'll have "snow" much fun learning to tell time to the hour, half hour, quarter hour, 5-minute and 1-minute intervals with this packet.  Tons of practice pages and student reference sheets to use with your lessons.


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Pick 3 January 2016






It's time for another Pick 3 Pinterest Ideas.  This is the best way to get fun ideas for your classroom.



My first pick is a review of 2015 and resolutions for 2016.  This great little page has it all and it's a free download!
Old year review and New Year resolution, all in one page!  Great idea for your kiddos!
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 Beautiful snowflake art project for kids.
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These snowflakes are stunning! I love the nontraditional colors.  This project is the perfect way to brighten up your classroom during the cold months of January and February.




 Go team!  What a fun way to get all of the fans at your football party in the mood for the big game.
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Of course, you gotta have something fun for the big football games coming up in January!  No matter who you're cheering for, these photo booth props will be a hit at your Super Bowl party.

Happy New Year!  I hope 2016 is even more incredible than 2015!



What are your favorite pins for January?  Join the fun and link up your Pick 3 for January blog post.

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