When I was in school, I was always SOOOOOO lost when it came to history. I understood specific events, but I had the hardest time connecting those events together! A timeline that you use and add to all year is a perfect way to help kids like me make connections between events.
I made this timeline using a roll of receipt tape. I marked “decades” every foot apart. You could easily have kids make the whole thing. One fun idea would be to have each kid look up the date of one thing that interests them. Then have them add it to the timeline.
If you would like a little template to use, you can download it for free here. It’s a dropbox link so you shouldn’t need to do anything complicated to download it. Have fun!
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