Solving Elapsed Time Word Problems Using a T-Chart

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Word problems are great, but they can get tricky sometimes. Clear up the confusion that goes along with elapsed time word problems by using a T-Chart. The lessons starts with a review of how to show intervals of time on a number line, then it presents a word problem to show how a T-Chart can be used to strategically solve the problem. A second application problem is used to reinforce ways to unpack word problems and to show the use of a T-Chart in a different problem. 

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CCSS: Designed
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Pros

  • Good visual aids are used throughout the lesson
  • The use of a number line to show elapsed time is a great way to reinforce the idea that numbers are a unit of measure as well as quantity
  • The lesson is slow, clear, and explicit
Cons

  • None
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