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## Basics on the topicAdding and Subtracting Time

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Freddie receives a letter from Zuri one day about a scavenger hunt. He needs to follow all of the clues to get a surprise at the end! However, he needs to make sure he gets to all of the clues in time for his surprise. In order to do this Freddie will need to add and subtract time intervals. Read more below, and you will learn about how to add and subtract time.

### Addition and subtraction with time

How can you add and subtract hours and minutes with time? There are many different ways that you can add and subtract, one tool that you can use is a number line like the one below.

When adding time with a number line, always start by putting the starting number on the left. Next, skip count forward small amounts of the second addend. You can skip forward by fives, tens, or even larger amounts. Then, find the time that you landed on, this is the final time. You can use a number line when adding hours and when adding minutes

Freddie is looking for another clue from Zuri! He leaves at 2:20 to look and takes 35 minutes looking. What time does he finally find the clue? We can use an open number line to calculate this. Take a look at the open number line below, what time will Freddie find his next clue? If Freddie leaves at 2:10 and takes 35 minutes looking, he will find the next clue at 2:45

#### Subtracting time from clock

When subtracting time with a number line, always start by putting the starting number on the right. Next, skip-count backward small amounts of the second number. You can skip backward by fives, tens, or even larger amounts. Then, find the time that you landed on, this is the final time.

#### Subtracting hours practice

Freddie has been looking for clues all over! He needs to take a bus to get to the last clue by 5:30. Freddie needs to add and subtract time. If Freddie’s bus takes 25 minutes, what time should he leave so that he isn’t late? We can use an open number line to calculate this. Take a look at the open number line below, what time does Freddie need to leave by? If Freddie needs to be at the last clue by 5:30, and his bus takes 25 minutes to get there, Freddie should leave by 5:05.

### Adding and Subtracting Time – Summary

• Step one: Put the starting number on the left side of the open number line.

• Step two: Count forward small amounts of the second number.

• Step three: Where you land on the number line is the time.

#### Remember, when subtracting time…

• Step one: Put the starting number on the right side of the number line.

• Step two: Count backward small amounts of the second number.

• Step three: The number you land on is the time.

"What's this, a letter? Oh, it's from Zuri!" : "I need to follow the clues to find a surprise!" : "Hmm (...) the next clue will be at the fountain." Freddie needs to be at the fountain to find the next clue, but what time will he get there? "Adding and Subtracting Time" It will take Freddie fourty-five minutes to get to the fountain. If he leaves at 1:15, what time will he get there? We can calculate this by adding time on a number line. When adding using a number line you always put the starting number on the LEFT side. Let's put 1:15 on the left side. Next we can hop forward small amounts of how much time it will take. It will take Freddie fourty-five minutes (...) so we can hop forward fourty-five minutes. We can skip count by tens to help. Ten (...) twenty (...) thirty (...) forty. Then, we can count five minutes more to find out the ending time. After skip counting forty-five minutes forward, we found the ending time (...) two o'clock. Freddie will get to the fountain at two o'clock. : "Clue number two says to look behind the bush!" ... : "… A swimsuit!! Are we going swimming?" : "It says I need to be at the park by 2:30 to find the next clue." If it takes Freddie twenty minutes to get there, what time should he leave? We can help Freddie by using the number line to SUBTRACT time. When subtracting using a number line, you always put the starting number on the RIGHT side. Let's put 2:30 on the right side of the number line. Next, skip count backwards small amounts of the time it will take. Since it will take Freddie twenty minutes, we can skip count backwards twenty minutes. Let's skip count backwards by tens! Ten (...) twenty. We skip counted backwards twenty minutes and ended on 2:10. So, Freddie should leave by 2:10 to get there in time. : "It says my next clue is at home." : "I’ll need to take two busses that are each five minutes long to get there." If Freddie leaves right now at 2:30, what time will he get home after taking the two buses? We need to count up, or add, to find the answer. Since we’re adding, step one is to put the number on the LEFT side of the number line. Next, we need to skip count, or count up the amount of time it will take. If Freddie takes two busses that each take five minutes, when will he get home? Freddie will get home by 2:40. : "Here’s clue number four!" : "It says I need to get changed and find Zuri at the sunniest spot by 3:30 (...) hmm, the sunniest spot?" The sunniest spot is close to the landfill, and it will take Freddie thirty-five minutes to get there Freddie needs to find Zuri by 3:30. If it takes him thirty-five minutes to get there, what time should he leave? We need to count backward, or subtract, to find the answer. Since we’re subtracting, we'll put the start time on the RIGHT side of the number line. Next, we'll skip count, or count backwards the amount of time it will take. If Freddie takes thirty-five minutes to find Zuri, and needs to get there by 3:30, when should he leave? Freddie should leave by 2:55 in order to find Zuri in time! When ADDING with a number line, remember... Put the start time on the LEFT side. Next, skip count, or count forward on the number line. Then, skip count DOWN the number line until you reach the time. When SUBTRACTING time with a number line remember (...) Start by putting the time on the RIGHT side of the number line. Then, skip count, or count backwards small amounts on the number line until you reach the time. Remember, the number you count back to is the time. : "You did it! Welcome to the beach party, Freddie!" : "This doesn’t look a lot like a beach to me… oh well!"

## Adding and Subtracting Time exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Adding and Subtracting Time .
• ### What time will Freddie get home?

Hints

How could we break 45 minutes into smaller jumps on the number line?

If we start with 3:10 and add 10 minutes, we get to 3:20. Can you keep adding the other chunks of time on the number line to find out what time Freddie got home?

Solution

Freddie got home at 3:55 pm!

We can break 45 minutes down into smaller chunks on the number line.

Start by counting by ten.

Start at 3:10 pm then add ten minutes to get to 3:20 pm then another ten minutes to get to 3:30 pm then another ten minutes to get to 3:40 pm then a final ten minutes to get to 3:50 pm. Add a further five minutes to get to 3:55 pm.

• ### Can you figure out the missing times?

Hints

Remember if we're adding time, we put the starting time on the left side and add small chunks of time on the number line.

Remember if we're subtracting time, we put the time on the right side of the number line.

Solution

1. Put the time on the left side of the number line.
2. Count forward in chunks.
3. Find the time!

When we are subtracting:

1. Put the time on the right side of the number line.
2. Count backward in chunks.
3. Find the time!

The above image shows you how to solve the first problem.

• Freddie left home at 9:00 am, so we put 9:00 am on the left side of the number line.
• We know it takes Freddie 30 minutes to get to the post office, so we can split 30 into chunks of 10.
• Counting by tens, we stop at 9:10 am, 9:20 am then finally 9:30 am, which is the answer.
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For the second problem:

• Freddie leaves the post office at 9:40 am.
• He knows it will take him 35 minutes to get the park.
• Put 9:40 on the left side of the number line and count forward 35 minutes.
• We can do this by counting by ten to reach 10:10 am then another five to reach 10:15 am.

For the third problem:

• This time we know the start time and the end time so want to figure out how long it took.
• Put 10:15 am on the left of the number line and 10:40 am on the right.
• If we start by counting by ten we will reach 10:35 am after 20 minutes. We need to add another 5 to get to 10:40 am.
• If we then add 20 and 5 we get 25 minutes.

For the fourth problem:

• Freddie needs to be home by 12:55 pm and it will take him 45 minutes.
• Put 12:55 pm on the right of the number line.
• Count back 45 minutes.
• You will reach 12:10 pm.

• ### Can you solve the addition and subtraction problems?

Hints

Make sure you have written the times using digits and with a colon (:) between the hour and minutes.

If you are trying to find out how many minutes something takes:

• Put the start time on the left.
• Put the end time on the right.
• Count forward in chunks from the start to the end time, like in this example.
Solution

The first question asked you to start at 10:15 am and add on 40 minutes. The number line above shows you how you can do this.

Start at 10:15 then count by tens to 40. This will get you to 10:55 am.

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For the second question:

• Put 8:45 on the right of your number line.
• Count backward by tens to 20.
• Find your time: 8:25 am.

For the third question:

• Put 6:30 on the left of your number line and 7:15 on the right.
• Count by tens from 6:30. You will reach 7:10 after 40 minutes. Add another 5 to get to 7:15.
• Add 40 and 5 together to get 45 minutes.

For the fourth question:

• Put 4:45 on the right of your number line.
• Count backward by tens to reach 3:55 then another 5 to reach 3:50.

For the fifth question:

• Put 2:40 on the left of your number line and 3:05 on the right of your number line.
• Count by tens from 2:40 and you will get to 3:00 after 20 minutes. Add another 5 to get to 3:05.
• Add 20 and 5 to get 25 minutes.
• ### Can you check Zuri's times?

Hints

Remember when adding, put the start time on the left side of the number line.

Can you break the time into smaller chunks to help you solve?

Solution

When we are adding time we put the start time on the left. The number line shown is how to solve the first problem.

• We are adding 25 minutes so we can break this down into smaller chunks.
• We end at 9:40, so the first problem is correct.
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For the second problem:

• This gets us to 10:00, so the minutes (05) were incorrect for this problem.

For the third problem:

• This gets us to 11:05 so the hour (10) was incorrect on this problem.

For the fourth problem:

• Subtract 20.
• This gets us to 11:50 so the minutes (40) were incorrect on this problem.

For the fifth problem:

• This gets us to 1:15 so both the hour (2) and the minutes (10) were incorrect here.

• ### Can you order the steps for adding and subtracting time?

Hints

If we're adding time, we start like this on the number line.

If we're subtracting time, we start like this on the number line.

Solution

• Put the start time on the left of the number line.
• Count forward and find the time.

To subtract time:

• Put the time on the right of the number line.
• Count backward and find the time.
• ### Can you solve Freddie's puzzle?

Hints

Find the earliest time and start from there.

Think about ordering the times first, then you can figure out the difference between each.

For this number line, how could you figure out how many minutes there are in between the two times?

Solution

Start with 12:30pm , the next time in the sequence is 1:05pm so what is the difference between 12:30 and 1:05?

We can start by counting by tens from 12:30. Once we get to 30 we will be at 1:00. If we add another 5 on we will reach 1:05 so the difference between 12:30 and 1:05 is 35 minutes.

Following the above method the following sequence should be achieved:

1. 12:30 pm
2. + 35 minutes
3. = 1:05 pm
4. + 40 minutes
5. = 1:45 pm
6. + 25 minutes
7. = 2:10 pm
8. + 30 minutes
9. = 2:40 pm.

Zuri should meet Freddie at 2:40pm.