Elapsed Time

It is time for my 3rd graders to begin working on one tricky concept…elapsed time!  We have been reviewing time for about a week and a half.  I know this may seem like a while, but I only see my 3rd graders four times a week for 30 minutes, so we don't have a ton of time to practice. To begin with, I reviewed time to the five minutes from 2nd grade.  We made these awesome clocks from Thriving Third Graders.  You can download it for free HERE

After this we learned about time to the minute using these fabulous resources.

I am all about the hands-on and turning learning into a game so we played telling time red light green light.  Here's how we played!

After this we dove into elapsed time.  I modified red light, green light, I did a few explicit lessons with guided practice and then I put together this packet of Elapsed Time fun!  We are going to be working through this packet for the next week or so.

You can click on the elapsed time picture above to check it out on TPT! 


  1. What awesome ideas!!! We are working on telling time right now, and it's always a tricky skill! Thank you! :)

    Soaring Through Second

  2. Thanks Sandy!! Time and money are always the hardest for my kids to grasp but they can be so fun to teach!

  3. I love the "red light green light" idea! We just finished up our unit on telling time, but I'm going to have to bring this one back for some review! ~ Lisa