Through many years of teaching, I have found that elapsed time is one of the most difficult skills to teach students. Whereas some believe this skill is more developmental (you get it when you get it), the standards do not seem to agree. To make matters worse, it never fails that there are elapsed time problems on the state standardized tests. And EVERY YEAR, these are the problems that students always struggle with the most. Then came the elapsed time t-chart—the answer to my prayers!
A t-chart is simply a visual tool used to organize a series of events. This is especially useful when trying to figure out how much time has elapsed between two events. There are two different charts that I use with my students. When I first introduce elapsed time, we deal with minutes only. As students become more comfortable and confident with minutes, I then use the second chart, which includes hours.
This product contains the following:
1. An explanation of the elapsed time t-chart strategy
2. 5 step-by-step elapsed time t-chart examples. **This is a great resource for parents!**
3. 2 different elapsed time t-charts (blank)
4. 6 pages of leveled elapsed time t-chart problems with answer keys (beginner, intermediate, advanced-2 pages each)
Explanation of Levels:
Beginner: minutes only
Intermediate: hours and minutes to the 5-minute mark
Advanced: hours and minutes to the 1-minute mark
**If you are interested in some activities and problems to use after introducing this method see “Elapsed Time: Multi-Level Elapsed Time Activities
**If you are interested in a project to reinforce the t-chart method, see Elapsed Time: My TV Guide Project
**Finally, if you'd like to get all of these items for one low price, see “Elapsed Time: Elapsed Time Bundle” Elapsed Time: Elapsed Time Bundle