Long Ago vs Today

Grade: 3rd Grade

Subject: History Topic: Placing Events on a Timeline

Hello my third grade friends! Today we will be beginning a new history unit about comparing events that happened long ago versus events that have happened within the last few months. Timelines are a good way to show time passing and to show the order in which events have occurred! By the end of today, we will be able to place events on a timeline, in the order they occurred, through the use of a Jamboard, in order to show time passing.

Today, we will be using Jamboard to place events that happened earlier in the school year as well as events that happened today. By doing this, we will be able to show that we can organize events based on the order they happened. You will have access from your iPads to write your answers on a sticky note on the Jamboard. I want you to think back to something memorable that happened this year in school. What month did this happen in? Now, I want you to open Jamboard, write your answer on a sticky note, and place the event under/above the month that it happened

(The teacher will then allow the students to open up the Jamboard link. The students will write their event on the Jamboard under/above the month in which it happened. After allowing the students a few minutes to think of an event and write it on the Jamboard, the teacher will go through the timeline to double check all of the events to make sure they are in the correct order. If the school does not have access for all students to have their own device, they can either work with a partner or in groups. Similarly, if there is only technology offered for the teacher, the teacher can call on students and place the events on the timeline for the students on the Jamboard.)

A few minutes go by and edits stop on the Jamboard.

Alright my friends, we are going to go through the timeline together to remember the events that took place over the year! (Teacher goes through the Jamboard to make sure all the events are in the correct order and so students can reflect on their work) Great work today, historians! Next time, we will be looking at different events from the past and we will be able to place the events on a timeline so that we can remember when events took place and order them from long ago to today!

Link to Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1ZcKsjSgbiLGomDGi0KrIMAS4T24ZanWmTYKAhvsbggU/edit?usp=sharing

4 Replies to “Long Ago vs Today”

  1. Elizabeth, I really like your post!! I didn’t even think about using Jamboards to create timelines. I liked the way you used Jamboard to reflect on events that students themselves experienced and can recall in chronological order. This seems much more effective in helping students understand how to use a timeline compared to instructing students to make a timeline on a history they don’t know anything about, like a world war.

  2. Elizabeth, I loved your lesson, so interesting and unique. I know we talked a little bit about timelines in class on Tuesday, but this a such a unique and relevant activity that you can have your students work on. I love the fact that you are in a way teaching the students about months while also letting them reflect on their recent history. Great job!

  3. Elizabeth, great use for Jamboard. Opens up so much opportunity for all students to participate. I like that you share a few different approaches for managing the task. Might be interesting for the teacher to include some events for students to “date” as well. A chance to explore cause and effect.

    I think it could get very interesting to see if students could peer review some of their placements of events. Of course, then you get lost in debating when you got the new gerbil… oh my.

  4. Elizabeth! This is so fun! I love how you tied this complicated concept of time into students personal experiences, giving their studies a sense of relevance to their own lives. The class timeline also gives students a chance to share their personal stories with one another, while working on their ability to utilize a timeline.

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