What You Need:
- History books or other research source (you can also use the Internet)
What You Do:
- Ask your child to research major national and world events of the last 100 years and make a list of the top 20-25 events that she finds the most significant, globally or personally. Have her look into all areas of history such as entertainment, economics, politics, science, education, etc.
- Now have her make a list of current events that are in the news now or have been recently. What are some of the things that have directly impacted her or her family?
- Lastly, ask her to envision what the world might be like 100 years from now. Have her write her predictions of what will happen in the future. Will it be a better world than it is today? Why or why not?
- Now it's time to create a time line: using the events she wrote down in steps 1-3, have your child create a time line that begins 100 years ago and stretches 100 years into the future. You may need to tape several sheets of paper together to get it long enough!
- Once it's complete, have your child pick a place to hang up her time line. If she likes, she can continue to add to it as new events happen.
A fun way to extend this activity is to make a time capsule: fill a box or jar with items that represent this time in history (newspaper, old cell phone, candy or food wrappers, etc.) and bury it for future generations to uncover.