Goal: Predict what you can get done in 10 or 20 minutes, then try it and see
Children record their predictions.
Fill the time
Stop partway through the time period and ask if anyone wants to revise predictions.
Compare predictions and results
When the time is up, children report what they accomplished.
Five-minute clean up (easier). Ask the group to predict if they can do several activities in 5 minutes, then try it and see: In the next 5 minutes, can we clean up, wash our hands, and sing Happy Birthday twice?
Double time (harder). Ask children: “If you double the time, do you double what you can accomplish?” Then they try it.
Time sense for 10, 20, or more minutes
Throughout the day, children follow schedules that adults set: 15 minutes for snack; 30 minutes for gym; 40 minutes for math.
This activity gives children a chance to develop meaning for blocks of time by learning how long different activities take. Children gain a foundation for making realistic plans.
Setting realistic daily schedules
Setting schedules is a challenge for many people. Success at school and at work relies on knowing how long things take. What can you really accomplish in one Saturday afternoon of housework or in an hour set aside for homework?
Many children and teens juggle multiple after-school and weekend activities: homework, sports, clubs, household chores, social life, and part-time jobs. They need a solid sense of how long things take. Otherwise, they may find themselves overscheduled and overwhelmed, without enough time to get everything done.
Minimum number of participants
Books about time