This animated time line project example will introduce your students to multi-tier / parallel time lines as well as allow them to "present" themselves to their classmates and their teacher. I normally start this project early in the school year as an "ice braker." Each year example is individually animated and introduced so that the concept of parallel time lines is explained in detail to the students. The embedded hyperlinks will allow for additional Social Studies introduction/review. Included is an explanation of supplies needed as well as a grade sheet/rubric.
Of course everything can be changed to meet your needs. It is a fun project to introduce and grading it is really a joy. This project may also be completely done in MS Office/PPT by students instead of a poster board presentation.