Creating a Timeline

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Introduce the purpose of using timelines with our Creating a Timeline Lesson Plan.  With our experiential application, students not only interpret timeline data, but also generalize their understanding by creating a simple timeline using historic information.  Develop reflective critical thinking as students ponder the most important event in their life that could be on a timeline.

Creating a Timeline Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Creating a Timeline.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on determining the creation of a Timeline.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Introduce the purpose of using timelines with our Creating a Timeline Lesson Plan.  With our experiential application, students not only interpret timeline data, but also generalize their understanding by creating a simple timeline using historic information.  Develop reflective critical thinking as students ponder the most important event in their life that could be on a timeline.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask the students to tell you what they did yesterday during the school day. List the times and events in a column.
  2. Ask students what might be an easier method for showing the information.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the timeline. Display the events on a timeline.
  4. Distribute Creating a Timeline content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Create other timelines to help students understand using the correct spacing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding. Save final question for lesson closing.
  5. Distribute Practice page. Students will need a ruler and colored pencils for the work. Check and review the students’ responses.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute ruler, colored pencils, and paper for timelines. Give students ample time to complete. (You may decide to use step by step instructions for younger students to complete the work.)
  7. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  8. In closing, ask: What was the most important event in your life that can be on a timeline? Why was it important?
  9. Allow for responses and discussion allowing each student to share their important event.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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AL
12/22/2018
annie l.
CA

Creating a timeline

For students learning to create a time line, this resource is very useful and appropriate. The visual illustrations are particularly relevant for explaining the set up ( e.g. The intervals, equal distance between the points). Since I showed the class the different examples directly on the smart board, I wished that there can be more white space between the illustrations and the written text.

AL
12/22/2018
annie l.
CA

Creating a timeline

For students learning to create a time line, this resource is very useful and appropriate. The visual illustrations are particularly relevant for explaining the set up ( e.g. The intervals, equal distance between the points). Since I showed the class the different examples directly on the smart board, I wished that there can be more white space between the illustrations and the written text.

DK
04/13/2018
Denise K.
US

Creating a Timeline

This was a great activity for introducing timelines. The content was relative to students and motivated them to complete the Practice worksheet in which they needed to create a timeline.

OB
03/18/2018
Octavais B.
US

Great Resource

It was very easy to view and download this curriculum. These great layouts make easy for a non-traditiinal such as myself to use and apply in a no traditional class setting.

OB
03/08/2018
Octavais B.
US

Magnificient and Valuable Information

I have had a wonderful experience using Clarendon Learning Curriculums. I am adapting them for older students but the foundations provided are great input for what I am developing. Thanks