Interactive US History Timeline
I started teaching fifth grade at my current school two years ago. The summer I was hired, I had to set up the room from scratch. Along the top of the walls was a long strip of corkboard, and it just screamed ‘TIMELINE!’. So I covered it with black fabric, ran a bright red ribbon down the center and let it sit for the past two years.
I found a free timeline set on Teachers Pay Teachers and thought I would put that up, but the dates/events went all the way to the present and we only study Native Americans to Westward Expansion. Making my own kept getting pushed the bottom of my to-do list, until this past weekend.
Our school uses the Scott Foresman ‘Our Nation’ curriculum for fifth grade, which has a timeline running across the top of the workbook pages. I took all those dates/events, as well as any others from the reading, and put them into a timeline card set with 92 dates/events in all.
Then my son and I watched Winnie the Pooh while I cut them all out. 😉
Because I have a Silhouette Cameo, I cut all the dates for my timeline out in vinyl. If you get the timeline bundle, there is a set of date cards included.
Then Henry and I packed up all the supplies and trekked over to school. I used transfer tape to apply the dates to the fabric, under the ribbon.
In the ‘Our Nation’ workbook I use, students have random dates on their timeline that they have to fill in themselves.
In one of the timeline versions I made, each of these fill-in-the-blank dates is outlined in red. When I began hanging the date cards on the timeline, I stapled the black ‘given’ dates from the book so they would be up there permanently. If you do not use the ‘Our Nation’ book, there is also a set with all the date cards outlined in black.
Then I applied velcro dots to the red ‘fill-in-the-blank’ dates- students can them to the timeline as we come to them in the book.
Once the red cards are added, the timeline looks great! I spaced my years out by blocks of 20, but if you have enough room, you might want to do every 10 (obviously my 1637 got bumped over a bit too far…).
Henry was getting anxious (apparently hanging timelines isn’t as exciting to a 3 year old), so we only got through the Age of Exploration, but I’m excited to get back tomorrow to finish.
Want your own timeline? Check it out here!
Timeline with 92 dates/events (including over $60 worth of clip art!)
Timeline aligned with Scott Foresman’s Our Nation curriculum
Editable timeline cards-add your own dates/events (PPT file)
Date cards to place on your timeline
Silhouette file with timeline dates (cut them out in vinyl!)
Hope this Interactive US History Timeline helps you get something off your to-do list like it did for me! If you use it, post pictures or links to your posts in the comments!
Joining in the Monday Made It fun for the first time-thanks, 4th Grade Frolics, for hosting!