This lesson is designed for 6 to 12-year-old children to guide them on how to make their own timeline.
What is a timeline?
The timeline illustrates important events recorded with the date or year to understand history, a story, a process, or any other event sequence. You can make a timeline to fit a variety of subjects such as lifetime, educational journey, series of events or occurrences, etc.
What is a life timeline?
A life timeline is a timeline of one’s life’s important events or achievements. It is considered a helpful tool for memoirists and memory-keepers.
Creating a life timeline helps orient a child in a time when writing or sharing stories orally. Additionally, it will allow them to delve into their past by stirring up memories.
How to create a life timeline?
- Invite the child and tell them today we are going to learn how to create a timeline using joined sheets.
- Ask the child to choose a topic of their interest or let’s say their life journey.
- Ask them to note down important years in their life.
- Now, follow the video and create equal marks using a scale.
- Label the timeline with a title and the boundary years.
- Invite the child to fill in each entry by writing a concise explanation about what happened, including facts such as who was involved, the impact of the event, and any numbers related to the event.
- Ask the child to use increments to adjust all the text entries without merging into each other.
- This is how events are chronologically added to a timeline.
- After completing all the event entries, tell the child this is how a timeline is created.
Watch the video to learn the tips to divide the years into shorter equal periods and mark the events while creating a timeline.
This practical activity is a fun and innovative way to make a timeline of events. Repeat this activity by asking the child to make a timeline of their life so far.
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