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Time Thieves, a time management activity

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Teach students to use their time effectively and recognize behaviors that waste time with this success skills lesson. They will learn about procrastination, not focusing, being lazy, distractions, and lack of planning. Perfect for school counselors and small groups. Includes a digital version for Google Slides Distance Learning


This activity takes about 30 minutes to complete with a small or large group. The goal is for students to practice recognizing time-wasting behavior, each student will have their own clock and they will attempt to find the time thieves in given scenarios. They move their hour hand on the clock one hour for every time thief found, with a goal of reaching midnight.



  • Activity description including instructions/walk-through of activity, objectives, materials, guiding questions, ASCA standards, and SEL competencies.
  • 1 page listing the types of Time Thieves
  • 5 different colored clocks.
  • 5 pages of time wasting scenarios (40 cards in total)
  • 1 page of blank scenario cards (to make your own)
  • Black and white versions included!
  • Google slides version.


▶️Where can I find the google classroom/slides link?

Google slides link and instructions are on the 3rd to last page of the PDF.


▶️What formats are included?

  • Pdf version to print out. (color and black & white versions)
  • Google Slides version.


▶️What mode should I use this in google slides?

This product is meant to be used in edit mode (not presentation mode). Edit mode is the only mode that allows drag & drop and writing in text boxes.



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