- Second Grade
- Social Studies
- 55 minutes
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September 25, 2015
by Ginger Bruster
What life events have made an impact on your own life? This activity allows students to make a timeline of their own life events!
Students will be able to identify life events and put them in chronological order.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask students if they've heard of a timeline, or a series of events in order of time.
- Talk about what a timeline is and how it is used. Ask students how they think a timeline may be useful.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Pass out the first page of the What is a Timeline? worksheet.
- Explain that this worksheet represents a daily timeline, but that timelines can represent days, weeks, months, years, or any other denomination of time.
- Review the timeline worksheet with the class, answering any questions students have as you go.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- As a class, create a timeline of daily events that happen in the classroom.
- The timeline can be created using a whiteboard, or by having students write down events on paper and putting them in the right order as a class.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Students will need to think of their own life events of the past year, such as birthdays, first day of school, vacations, holidays, to create their own timeline.
- Once students have brainstormed their life events, have them create a timeline and place the events in the right order with labels. Have students model their timelines after the worksheet.
- Remind students that this is a timeline of events of what has happened in the past year, so the labels will involve the months of the year.
- Enrichment: Students can make a timeline of their life events from birth until now.
- Support: Students can make a monthly timeline of events instead of a year.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Students will be assessed by the timelines they create.
- Students will also be assessed by their ability to explain their timeline of events in the correct order that they happened.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Ask students what was easiest and most challenging about making their own timelines.
- Allow students to share and explain their timelines with the class.