This is a social studies timeline that covers from the Exploration Age through Colonial America, and The French and Indian War, and ends at the Treaty of Paris and ratification of The Bill of Rights. It is a colorful walk through American history up to 1791. I laminated it on cardstock and we built the timeline down our hall at school. The kids are adding to the timeline as they research important people in American history. It gives students much needed background knowledge, because students have difficulty developing the contexts for historical thinking. This timeline also provides a visual aid for identifying cause and effect relationships between events, and a visual prompt to activate student prior knowledge, and allows students to recognize how historic events, eras and topics overlap in time.