Timeline of My Life
Students will be able to place important life events in chronological order.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Display 5-6 photos representing important life events out of order.
- Share the importance of each photo with the class. *Examples may include: birth, first bike ride, a birthday celebration, and a family trip. Be sure to include photos that would show a distinction between ages.
- Tell students that each photo shows a different time period of your life, and when put together it tells a story.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Tell students that you would like to place the photos in chronological order.
- Explain that chronological order is the arrangement of things following one another in time.
- Ask students to view the photos and assist you in placing the photos in order from left to right.
- As photos are being placed in order, write the events’ year near each photo, and draw a line connecting each year from end to end.
- Have students observe the information on the board. Draw students’ attention to the years to show how the years are increasing.
- Explain to students that they are viewing a timeline, a linear representation of important events in order.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Pass out the What is a Timeline? worksheet.
- Review the worksheet with students and explain that timelines can also be used to show events during the day.
- Ask students to read and discuss how the timeline is similar to their morning routine.
- Next, pass out a blank sheet of paper, and ask students to reflect upon their school day. Tell students they will create a school day timeline.
- Draw a line going across the board horizontally.
- Direct students to begin at the far left of the timeline, and place a vertical line at the end. Ask students to write the time they wake up for school under the vertical line.
- Model another event on the board to students. Examples may include: Time I eat breakfast, time I leave for school, the time school starts, or lunchtime.
Independent Working Time (25 minutes)
- Each student will continue working on their school day timelines.
- Set expectations on how many events students are to list.
- Ask students to illustrate and color each event on their timeline.
- Enrichment: To challenge students, ask them to produce a timeline that represents a full day, from waking up to going to sleep.
- Support: To assist students needing extra support, reduce the amount of events or ask students to only illustrate their events on their timeline.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- To check for understanding, monitor the classroom as students are drawing their timelines.
- Check for correctness on student work and assist if necessary.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- At the end of the lesson, allow students to share their timelines with peers.
- Ask students to share what they learned in today’s lesson.
- Assign the George Washington or Abraham Lincoln worksheet as an additional in class or homework assignment to solidify the lesson.