Attached here is instructions to a small timeline project I completed with my 10th grade U.S. History Class...However, this is the type of assignment that can be given to to various ages for any subject matter. (Feel free to change the instructions attached here to the current material you are covering). I like to use this assignment at the start of the year. It's a simple in-class assignment which is not stressful for the students to complete. You can give them a day, maybe two days to complete this in class.
You will need to provide small poster board, and something to color with. ALSO, I had the students bring in pictures from the internet, or magazines, OR if they enjoyed drawing on their own, they had the option to create their own images.
Once they finish this assignment, it's a great way to decorate your classroom!