Telling Time & Elapsed Time Real World Math Project | Google Classroom & Print

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Amazing resource to review elapsed time with the kids! They were super engaged! Thank you for an incredible resource!!
My students LOVED this project! They loved planning a fun day with a friend and they were able to apply their knowledge of time in a relevant way!
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Your telling time unit is the perfect opportunity to connect math to the real world in a creative way with a math project. Rather than having your students complete worksheet after worksheet in an effort to master reading clocks and telling time, bring your math unit to life with engaging hands-on learning!

This project is designed to help your second or third grade students apply their knowledge about telling time & elapsed time.


During this project based learning (PBL) unit, your students will compete in a contest to be the next star of a new hit show, The Time Of Your Life. Each contestant must brainstorm activities they would love to do if they were able to have the birthday of their dreams.

Students will take their ten favorite brainstorm activities and create a day-long birthday schedule with no time gaps. They will elaborate on this schedule by creating a narrative story board that tells the story of the birthday of their dreams using a narrative introduction, transitions, show-not-tell descriptive details, and a narrative conclusion. The lucky winner will get to star in their very own episode of The Time Of Your Life, and participate in every activity planned on his/her birthday schedule!

Here are the steps your students will take as they work towards becoming the next star:

★ Brainstorm activities for the birthday of their dreams by applying knowledge of a.m. and p.m. hours.

★ Calculate the start time and end time of each scheduled activity on analog clocks and in digital/standard form by applying knowledge of duration and elapsed time.

★ Create a day-long birthday schedule with no time gaps by pulling their top ten favorite activities from their a.m. and p.m. brainstorm pages. Display this schedule in chronological order. Describe each activity, provide its duration, show the start time and end time on an analog clock, and write the start and end time in digital form.

★ Design a storyboard featuring each activity from their dream birthday schedule.

  • Set the scene with a narrative introduction.
  • Use narrative transitions to show time progression from one activity to the next.
  • Wrap up their birthday story with a narrative conclusion.

★ Write a cover letter with a date, greeting, body, and closing, and attach it to their submission packet for the contest.

★ Complete a self-assessment of their project using a three-part rubric.



Teacher Guide - four detailed steps for successfully incorporating this resource in your second or third grade classroom. Steps include:

  1. Prepping the project guide for students.
  2. Organizing the project templates to maximize student independence.
  3. Scheduling your project timeline and planning an optional project celebration.
  4. Teaching an introductory lesson to ensure a successful project launch.

Student Guide - a printable and digital version of the student guide is included. This guide includes clear visuals and step-by-step instructions. Rubrics and reflection prompts will encourage your students to reach their learning goals.

Planning Printables - reproducible pages that guide students through the process of planning the birthday of their dreams, calculating elapsed time for each planned activity, and rechecking the accuracy of their work.

Story Board Printables - reproducible pages students can use as they create a narrative story board for the birthday of their dreams.

Rubrics - three 4-point rubrics students can use to self-assess their ability to measure time, create a narrative story board, and organize the components of their project. The same rubrics can be used by the teacher to provide a score for student work.



This project based learning unit requires the application of students’ knowledge of telling time and elapsed time. Throughout the process of the Time of Your Life simulation, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through creative design, narrative writing that incorporates their math knowledge, and organization skills as they plan and execute this multi-day project.

Every step of the Time of Your Life learning experience is outlined in a project guide that includes clear visuals and step-by-step instructions. Rubrics and reflection prompts will encourage your students to reach their learning goals.

The format of this project gives students the opportunity to exercise the standards for mathematical practice, share their creativity, and display understanding in unique and engaging ways.

The format of this project based learning guide makes it an ideal resource for:

★ At your seat & hands on enrichment during math workshop or guided math

★ Math center work

★ Digital learning (a Google Slides version of the entire project is included) 

★ Parent volunteer or teacher’s aide enrichment station

★ A focal point for a telling time room transformation 

★ An alternative telling time assessment that allows you to measure student understanding on a deeper level as a culmination to your time measurement unit. 



Students who have mastered the ability to tell time, and calculate elapsed time will have the opportunity to extend their learning and deepen their understanding of reading a clock through this math project experience.

This project will help them solidify the time measurement skills they’ve mastered through creativity and problem solving rather than being bogged down with worksheets or busy work.

This project also serves as a wonderful alternative assessment that allows you to measure student understanding on a deeper level as a culmination to your time measurement unit.



This project guide is designed with student independence in mind. Detailed instructions and checklists are provided for students so they can carry out their project with maximum independence. You can guide them as needed, and pull small groups that help address the more individualized needs of your students. This allows students to work at their own pace and take ownership of their learning.

On the day of the project launch, you will take 15-20 minutes to set the scene and teach students how to navigate their project guide. After that, your students will be off on an independent project based learning (PBL) adventure that will last for days.



Want to incorporate a project into your time measurement math unit, but crunched for instructional time?

This resource makes prepping for project based learning a breeze, and makes implementation seamless. The detailed visual instructions on each page of the guide make it possible for students to complete their unique project with maximum independence so you have the time you need to teach or reteach essential time measurement skills to small groups.

Scoring and providing students with feedback is also when using the included rubrics. Each of the three project phases: preparation, story board, and project assembly has its own rubric so students can participate in the assessment process as they demonstrate learning, and you can provide them with specific feedback about their work.



♥ “I used this project for Open House this year. This project is HIGH engagement & rigor! It goes beyond the standard and had my students SO excited.” - Jessica C.

♥ “This is a very thorough product. I used it for a few of my second graders who were excelling at the topic of telling time. They enjoyed working together on a project that wrapped many skills into one.” - Danielle W.

♥ “Love this resource so much. Everything is there that you need and the slides are simple steps for the kids to follow with set expectations. Great resource!!” - Tammy A.

♥ “Great project for the students to practice elapsed time. I liked how it integrated writing with the math skills.” - Michelle S.

♥ “Your PBL activities are worth EVERY PENNY!!! I LOVE how thorough your directions are and how everything is put together. The fact that this is something that my students can work through independently is so helpful! Now I can work with my students who are struggling with time, while my others are working and creating independently. Thank you for all of the hard work you put into these PBL projects!!” - Math and More In Room 4



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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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