Elapsed Time

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 11082

"How much longer is it before dinner?" "How long do I have to wait for my TV show?" Learning to solve elapsed time word problems may not make the time go faster, but it will help you plan your time!


Measurement and Data

learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


The time now is 4:45 PM. At 5:30, Joel has soccer practice. How long does Joel have before soccer practice?

The problem above is called an elapsed time word problem.

You might think it is harder than most problems because it involves time AND a word problem. If you already know how to tell time, then you can read the problem carefully and follow all of the steps to solve elapsed time problems by yourself!

  • Were you able to count the amount of time and figure out that Joel has 45 minutes before his soccer practice?

Now it's time to learn how to solve these problems by visiting Elapsed Time, provided by Scholastic StudyJams!. Go through the STEP-BY-STEP, but do not click on the WATCH OUT! or TRY IT! tabs just yet.

When you are done, get some practice solving elapsed time word problems.


Now, it's time to continue on to the Got It? section!

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