Time Moves Along Game

Scripture: Genesis 1-2

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Creation, paying special attention to the idea of time and time lapsing
  • Students will learn and/or review the concept of time lapse and how to calculate ending times or amount of time lapsed (beginning time + time lapsed = end time)
  • Students will participate in an activity to help them practice time lapse problems

Guiding Question: Given two of the three variables: start time; time lapsed; or end time, how can you find the third variable?


Time lapse game cards [LINK]

Two or more clocks with moveable hands (These can be made from paper or, if outdoors, chalk drawn on a blacktop.)

Two or more small white boards, chalk boards, or pieces of paper and corresponding writing tool

Procedure: Review the story of Creation, focusing on the lapsed time exactly as written in the Bible. Divide students into teams. Read a time lapse game card. Each team should work together to find the answer. If the answer requires a time, a member from each team should race to their designated clock and set it to the correct time. If the answer requires the amount of lapsed time, the team should write the answer on their board. The first team with the correct answer receives a point. If you have a large number of teams, you may want to give 5 points to the first team, 3 to the second, and 1 to the third team to get each answer correct.

Additional Questions:

  • What other stories in the Bible deal with lapsed time?
  • What modern activities involve calculating the amount of time lapsed between a starting and ending time?

Supplemental Activities:

  • Have students pair up and compete against each other.
  • Have students create additional game cards and play the game again using student created cards.

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