I love PowerPoint for helping me plan out my lessons and organizing the materials I present to my students. I also love the ability to use the custom animation feature to act as a timer in my PowerPoints, keeping me, my lesson, and my students on track.
These slides were created to organize all the most frequently used timer needs into one place. Now, each time you want to add a visual timer to a slide for you or your students, just copy and paste from this file. Instructions for moving it around on your slide are included. If you are searching for a timer to help you keep your class on track or to serve as a visual timer for you and your students, this is the product for you.
This collection of timers all display a standard yellow pencil. They include fifteen, twenty, thirty, forty-five, and sixty seconds. Also included are 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.10, 11, 12, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 60 minutes.
How the timers work— A text box stating the length of time will appear on your slide along with your content. Once you press page-down, space bar, or mouse click, the area below the text box will begin to fill with a standard yellow pencil, beginning with the eraser and ending with the sharpened led point. When the pencil is complete, the time is up and a new text box will spiral in to silently display that fact (you can easily change the wording in that text box). I have included my “Transition to Reading Groups” slide with the fifteen second timer as an example of how I use these timers.
I have also included instructions for copying the timer you wish to use into an existing PowerPoint. I am happy to assist, however, if you need more instructions. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have specific needs, concerns, requests, or other questions.
Keeping the class on track is definitely ELA Worth Keeping.