Figuring Out Elapsed Time

Do your students have trouble with elapsed time? It can be a tricky skill, but I have learned a few things that help my students to be successful!

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1.) Read the problem once and then discuss or think about the story. Is it in order? What does the story tell you?

2.) Read the story a second time and think about SEE … S=Start time, E=Elapsed time, and E=End time. What does the story tell you and what does the question ask you?

3.) Make a number line that shows what you know.

4.) Use the number line to find what is missing. I use “mountains and hills”. The mountains are hours and the hills are minutes.

5.) For initial lessons, consider color coding. Try using green for start, red for end and any other color for elapsed. Eventually switch out to pencil, but refer back to the color coding for students who need that support.

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