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ReadWriteThink Interactive Timeline Tool

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ReadWriteThink Interactive Timeline Tool


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This interactive timeline tool from ReadWriteThink can be used by students with guidance from their teacher or parents to create a graphic representation of the chronology of events of their lives. This tool can be used when teaching sequencing events using calendars, schedules, and timelines.

Kindergarten students could use the first line of the template provided, either writing their birth date themselves or telling it to someone for dictation. Each student could illustrate the sentence. Then, make a list of the months of the year, with each student's birth date written next to the month of their birth, in order by days. After making a wall timeline with the months of the year, each student's birth date could be added in the correct month. 

Use the following template for students to record dates and events. They can take it home and do it with the help of family members and also add information in class on their own.

On the Day I Was Born

I was born on (Month, day, year)

In __________, I was one year old and I __________.

In __________, I was two years old and I __________.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: K
Living and Working Together in Family and Community
1 ) Sequence events using schedules, calendars, and timelines.

Examples: daily classroom activities, significant events in students' lives

•  Differentiating among broad categories of historical time
Examples: long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow

Insight Unpacked Content
Strand: History
Course Title: Living and Working Together in Family and Community
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Create a timeline showing the significant events in their lives.
  • Distinguish between yesterday, today and tomorrow, and name the days of the week which apply to each.
  • Sort key events, including personal primary sources into categories such as "long ago", "yesterday", and "tomorrow".
  • Understand that the daily classroom schedule helps them know where to go and when.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • schedule
  • calendar
  • timeline
  • event
  • history
  • sequence
  • yesterday
  • long ago
  • tomorrow
Students know:
  • The difference between today (present), tomorrow (future) and yesterday (past, or history).
  • The names of the days of the week, and the order in which they come.
  • A year is divided into months, and has heard the names of the months repeatedly .
  • Vocabulary: long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow, history, schedule, calendar, timeline, later, future, before, after
Students are able to:
  • List events in their lives in the order in which they occurred.
  • Identify a calendar and know that each square or number on the calendar represents a day.
  • Name the present month .
  • Answer questions about their daily schedule:
    • Does recess come before or after lunch?
    • Do they go to library everyday?
    • Do they go to lunch everyday?
  • Identify events that happened a long time ago through the use of personal primary sources.
Students understand that:
  • Time is measurable and ongoing.
  • There are events in their lives that have already happened (past), events that are happening or will happen today (present), and events that will happen later (in the future).
  • Some events have happened in their lifetime and some events happened long ago.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.K.1- With prompting and support, sequence events.
SS.AAS.K.1a - Identify long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Tags: calendars, schedules, sequence, timelines
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Author: Ginger Boyd