Welcome to our time unit lesson plans. Over five days we’re learning about seconds, minutes, days, and years, with hands-on playful activities your children will love.
Five days of learning about time unit
NurtureStore hosts regular themed weeks of creative learning activities, giving you ideas, lesson plans, and printables all year round.
This week our focus is on time. We’ll be exploring seconds, minutes, hours, days and years. This unit is great for children of all ages. For some the concepts will be knew ideas, for others the activities provide a useful recap to consolidate terms they have already met.
You might like to pick just one of these ideas to enjoy or offer all five over the course of your week.
It’s such an advantage to give children time to work on a theme.
A themed-week lets children make connections between one idea and another, one material and another, one experience and another.
With a range of linked activities, children are able to compare and contrast, see how things are the same and what’s different – young scientists and creatives in the making.
Coming back to a theme over consecutive days gives time and space for ideas to brew, and the repetition helps children find depth and meaning.
Day One :: 100 seconds
Throughout our Time Week we’ll be looking at bigger and bigger units of time. We’ll start with seconds and, borrowing an idea from my 100 Days of School resources, let’s find out what we can do in 100 seconds.
Day Two :: telling the time
On day two, let’s expand our timekeeping to minutes and hours.
Younger children can make their own watch.
Older children can make their own clock.
Day Three :: a day in the life
On day three of our week of telling the time activities, let’s expand to consider what happens in a day.
Use my printable daily journal page to create a snapshot of your day. Take a set of ‘day in the life’ photos of all the everyday things you do today. Not down what time you do everything. Print your photos and stick them on to the back of your journal page to make a time capsule of your day.
Day Four :: weeks and years
On day four of our time unit, let’s consider weeks and years.
You could make a Days of the Week spinner.
Make you own art calendar and fill in the dates that are important to your family.
Day Five :: our history
For our final activity of our Time Unit, let’s look back in history to an earlier generation.
Use my ancestor printable to explore your family tree. You could call a grandparent and interview them, research someone in your family tree from generations ago, or pick a famous historical person from your family’s culture to learn about.
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