Today is day six in my “12 Days of Christmas Printables” series! I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas themed resources so far! I had so much fun putting all these Christmas math resources together, and hope that with the variety of topics, there will be something for everyone. Today I’m sharing a set of task cards to help with a tricky concept: elapsed time. Determining how much time has passed or adding and subtracting time can cause difficulty for kids so I hope this Christmas themed elapsed time practice is helpful.
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Elapsed Time Practice:
Determining elapsed time is a highly practical math skill that kids need to be not just familiar with, but comfortable and confident with.
I believe in teaching math through problem solving, and I think that the more exposure kids can have with hard concepts (like elapsed time or adding and subtracting with regrouping) the easier it will become for them.
So this set of task cards includes 12 Christmas themed word problems involving time.
Hopefully the situations will provide context and help kids relate to the math they’re doing.
If it’s helpful, I would also suggest providing a learning clock (or two) as a hands on manipulative for kids to use to solve the problems.
Visualizing elapsed time problems is a very tricky thing, and having actual clocks that can be used to set the starting and ending time, for instance, can provide the support that’s needed.
Eventually, the clocks won’t be necessary. But initially, it’s important to give kids confidence and a more concrete understanding.
Included in the Christmas Elapsed Time Task Cards:
As I mentioned, this download includes 12 different task cards with elapsed time word problems.
It also includes a recording page to write the solutions to the problems, as well as an answer key.
How to Use the Elapsed Time Task Cards:
First, print both pages of task cards and the answer recording page. Then I suggest you laminate the cards and cut them out.
Then there are a variety of ways to use this set:
- Put the cards on a key ring and let students complete them individually or as a math center.
- Divide students into groups and give each groups a few cards and work together as a group. Then record the solutions together as a class.
- Or if you homeschool, put them on a key ring and let your child complete 2-3 task cards each day for an easy Christmas themed review.
I hope these examples are a unique source of practice for your kids.
And I would encourage you to have your kids come up with their own time related problems based on their favorite Christmas traditions.
If you complete these problems in class, for example, you could assign “write your own problem” as an exit ticket (to turn in as they leave class) or as a homework assignment.
Giving kids a chance to write their own situation will give them an opportunity to share a piece of their life experience as well as provide an indication of their level of math understanding. 🙂
However you use these elapsed time practice problems, I hope it is useful and provides some great math discussions! Click the link below to get your copy.
Need more practice with time and elapsed time? Try one of these FREE resources:
- Summer Math Camp: All about time
- Telling time early reader
- Telling time with The Grouchy Ladybug
- Time for Spring: time practice pages
- Best books to teach time
And check back for the entire “12 Days of Christmas Printables” series here at Math Geek Mama!