September 27, 2015
by Sabrina LeBlond

Lesson plan

Timeline of My Life

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Students will be able to place important life events in chronological order.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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