Lesson plan

My Life in Timelines

What life events have made an impact on your own life? This activity allows students to make a timeline of their own life events!
GradeSubjectView aligned standards

Students will be able to identify life events and put them in chronological order.

(5 minutes)
What is a Timeline?
  • 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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