American History Timeline. If you teach U.S. History and are looking for a way to get your students active in the beginning of the year this might be just what you're looking for! I've used this activity either on the first day of school or for sure during the first week of school so I can informally assess my students' background knowledge and deductive reasoning in regard to United States history.
Included in this activity are pictures of 27 major events and 27 corresponding years THAT NEED TO BE CUT OUT BEFORE YOU DO THE ACTIVITY
This product has the same tasks in two different .pdf formats. One file is with 4 pictures/dates per page (for larger cutouts) and one file is with 9 pictures/dates per page (for smaller cutouts). This way if you have larger class sizes you might be short on desk/table/floor space for the larger cutouts.
I teach 8th grade U.S. History and the way I go about this activity is by printing the pictures and dates on different colored sheets of cardstock, cutting out the dates and pictures, and placing one set of dates and pictures in the same envelope. I do this multiple times according to how many students I have in class and each envelope should have 27 pictures and 27 dates. Students (individually or with a partner) are given an envelope and a set amount of time to try and see how many pairs they can accurately match. It is interesting to see how students go about organizing this task. Some will put all of the dates in chronological order on the floor in a straight line, some sort them vertically, some put what they believe are more current events in one pile and older events in another pile. This will help you get a feel for the organizational skills of your students plus a chance to start conversations with them while they are working about how they are going about the task.
The main point of the activity isn't how many they actually get correct, but if they were close to the actual date. (i.e. not thinking that the 9/11 attacks happened in the 1800's).
What's nice about this activity is the students will put all of the items back in the envelopes and you can store them away until the following year!
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