Timelines: Lesson Ideas to Crosswalk the Standards

Have you tried creating a timeline recently? I did, and what an enlightening experience it was! First, I had to find answers to questions I had about a topic. Then, I evaluated the information to check for accuracy. Finally, I constructed a cause and effect timeline.

Designing one timeline covers many competencies. Take a look at the tables below. You’ll notice how creating timelines connects the AASL Standards Framework for Learners with the Social Studies State Standards. Scroll down further to find lesson ideas that support the standards.

Ask Questions

Find Reliable Information

Construct Information

Lesson Ideas

  • Show learners examples of illustrated timelines. Here are two of my favorites found in picture books:

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood

  • Ask learners what they notice about the timelines. Discuss what is included in a timeline. Tell learners they will create a timeline by gathering information from a story you will read to them.

Younger Grades

  • Introduce The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story by Darcy Pattison. Explain that the story is about an event that took place a while ago.
  • Tell learners that they have a job to do while you read the story. They will raise their hand when they hear an event that should be included in a timeline. Write the events on chart paper.
  • View the dates for the events at the end of the book. Add them to the chart paper.
  • Invite learners to create a timeline with paper, pencils, markers, and rulers. They can also use the following timeline generators:
  • Ask learners the following questions:
    • What did you notice while designing your timelines?
    • What caused the events to happen?
    • How have things changed? How are they the same?

Older Grades

Do you have a lesson idea that meets many standards? Please share!


Author: Maureen Schlosser

Author: Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades and Social and Emotional Learning for Picture Book Readers published by ALA Editions
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