This cooperative learning activity works well as either a preview or review for students taking U.S. History. If you use it as a preview, you can see how much your students already know about American history. As a review, it is a nice way for them to prepare for a final exam or standardized test.
I print out the timeline strips below on cardstock. Depending on class size, I print out five to six sets. For each set, I cut the strips out and mix them up. Students work in small groups to arrange the strips in the correct chronological order and paste them down onto timeline paper. In my classroom, students have access to textbooks, class notes, and the internet to help them research the events and figure out when they happened. At the end, each group will have created a timeline of major events in U.S. History that can be displayed in the classroom.