Project a copy of the Converting Time Word Problems Worksheet on the board. Read through the instructions at the top of the worksheet and work through the first question as a class. Demonstrate to the students how to set out their working and how to check their answers.
This lesson provides two possible options for guided/independent learning – a worksheet and task cards. Both methods are valuable learning experiences. Choose which method would best suit your class.
Provide the students with a copy of the Converting Time Word Problems Worksheet. Allow the students to work in mixed ability groups to complete the time problems. Monitor each group regularly, providing suggestions for difficult problems. Encourage collaboration between group members through discussion.
Alternatively, provide the Time Unit Conversions Task Cards to the mixed ability groups. Monitor each group regularly, providing suggestions for difficult problems. Encourage collaboration between group members through discussion. As each group completes a task card, swap or rotate these to different groups.
Once the activities have been completed, encourage one member from each group to share their answers and the difficulties their group encountered.
Encourage more capable students to assume a more active role in group work e.g. scribe or reporter.
Allow less confident students to participate in group work at a level at which they feel comfortable.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities