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Just a Minute

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Just a Minute

How much can you do in one minute? In this activity, learners estimate how many times a partner can complete a task (like writing their name or jumping jacks) in one minute. This activity provides learners with the opportunity to think about segmented time and to practice their estimation and counting skills.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Stopwatches or clocks with a second hand
  • Just A Minute Task List sheets (page 2 of PDF)
  • Pencils


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Rate
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Children's Museum of Houston,


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