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Mr. Crocodile's Busy Day

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Author:Susan Taffar
System: Arab City
School: Arab City Board Of Education
The event this resource created for:GEMS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 24015


Mr. Crocodile's Busy Day


Students will listen to the book What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra. The students will read and use Mr. Crocodile’s schedule to answer questions as well as read analog and digital clocks to the hour.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Character Education
CE (1995)
Grade: K-12
8 ) Cooperation

Character Education
CE (1995)
Grade: K-12
10 ) Self-control

Character Education
CE (1995)
Grade: K-12
23 ) Sportsmanship

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
31 ) Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about Grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. [SL.1.1]

a. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). [SL.1.1a]

b. Build on others' talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others through multiple exchanges. [SL.1.1b]

c. Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topics and texts under discussion. [SL.1.1c]

MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 1
19. Tell and write time to the hours and half hours using analog and digital clocks.
Unpacked Content

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.1.19 Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of time using words such as yesterday, today, tomorrow, morning, afternoon, day, and night; identify activities that come before, next, and after on a daily schedule using a clock limited to time in hours.

MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 2
16. Create a picture graph and bar graph to represent data with up to four categories.

a. Using information presented in a bar graph, solve simple "put-together," "take-apart," and "compare" problems.

b. Using Venn diagrams, pictographs, and "yes-no" charts, analyze data to predict an outcome.
Unpacked Content

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.2.16 Using vocalization, sign language, augmentative communication, or assistive technology, use a graph, limited to 2 categories, to answer more/less, most/least, or equal to questions (a combined total of no more than 30 objects/pictures shown for the 2 categories).

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will listen to a story, learn to read a schedule, and read/match digital and analog clocks correctly.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

Students will work in cooperative groups to plan a flight schedule for a fictional airline.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Materials for the teacher: What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? By Judy Sierra Activity cards (cut these out before lesson) Tape Chart paper and a marker Materials for the students: Drawing paper Crayons Pencils Scissors Glue *Student remediation materials: paper plates, construction paper, paper fasteners, and scissors.

Technology Resources Needed:

Computers with internet access for teacher and student use.


The teacher will need to copy Mr. Crocodile’s schedule from page 2 in the book onto chart paper and cut out the activity cards from the handout prior to the lesson. Students should have prior knowledge of the parts of a clock and the ability to tell time to the hour.

1.)Read the book What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra to the class pausing to draw attention to the schedule and analog clocks that show the times on each page. Draw attention to the sky in the pictures on each page and discuss the differences shown. The pictures show the difference in the sky during the day/night. (i.e. Mr. Crocodile's schedule shows he is to go to bed at 8:00. The picture shows the moon in the sky to depict night.)

2.)Show the copy of Mr. Crocodile's schedule to the class. Give the activity cards to the students. (Give out one or more per student depending on the number of students in the class.) Explain the following rules of the activity: 1. Look at your game piece(s) and read it to yourself. 2. Ask a friend for help if needed. 3. When you hear the time called and your game piece matches, stand up. 4. Bring your piece to the front and tape it to the schedule beside the corresponding time.

3.)Play the game until each cut out piece has been taped to the schedule in the appropriate place. Then review and ask questions pertaining to the schedule. Examples: At what time did Mr. Crocodile catch those pesky monkeys? What did Mr. Crocodile do at 8:00?

4.)Ask students to talk to a partner to come up with real life examples of schedules. (i.e. school schedules, train schedules, plane schedules, bus schedules,etc.) Allow time to share responses. Facilitate a discussion about the schedules and what they have in common.

5.)Log on to the United Streaming site and Play the clip titled "Airline Flight Schedule." (The clip shows and describes an airline flight schedule.) Allow the students to view the clip several times. Ask the students to share things they noticed about the flight schedule. (i.e. flight, time of take off, arrival time, etc.)
(United Streaming)

6.)Divide the class into small groups. Explain to the students that each group will create their own airline and flight schedule. Each group must create a schedule with the following: name of their airline, list of three flights, the take off time for each flight displayed with a digital and analog clock, and a picture of their airline logo.

7.)Give each group drawing paper, crayons, scissors, etc to use to create their schedule. Allow time for the students to complete the project. Use the rubric to assess student learning.

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Assessment Strategies

The students will work in cooperative groups in order to create a schedule for a fictional airline. Each group will be responsible for submitting a schedule. (See rubric)


Students who already know how to tell time to the hour may develop a flight schedule using time to the half hour. Students may write a story about becoming a pilot for their airline using complete sentences and correct spelling and punctuation.


Students who require remediation may work with a partner to construct an analog clock using a paper plate, construction paper, and a paper fastener. The students should label the clock with the numbers 1-12, cut out one long(minute hand) and one short(hour hand) strip of construction paper, and use the paper fastener to attach the strips to the clock. The student partners should then work together to discuss the parts of the clock and tell time to the hour. The Learning PlanetStudents who need extra practice may also use the link to access the Learning Planet site to play an online clock game for review.

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.