Friday, June 29, 2012

Timeline Game

This game is PERFECT for anything that has to be listed in chronological/sequential order. Important events are listed on small cards (event cards). Several sets of these cards are made on various color cards (i.e. one set of events on green cards, one set on red cards, etc.). Shuffle each set of cards individually. Collaborative learning groups (CLG) will each get one colored set of cards. CLGs have a fixed time period (i.e. 4-5 minutes) to line the event cards in chronological order on their desks. The group that gets the events in chronological order CORRECTLY FIRST is the winner. At the end of the game, show all students how to put the events in order correctly (either through a power point, smart board activity, or student led explanation) and have them copy the timeline and its events into their notes.

FUN Variation!!!
Buy a string of clothesline and cut in into 4 lines that can go across the length of your room. Divide student into 4 groups and have them hang the events on the clothesline in chronological order.

And Another GREAT  Variation!!!
Create a timeline board. Hot glue two colored project boards together. Cut a strip of colored butcher paper and paste it across the boards for the timeline. Cut 10 small lines of butcher paper to extend from the timeline to place events on. At the end of each line, put Velcro strips. Use letters to create a title and decorate with cut outs or stickers. After you have created 10 event cards, place the other end of the velcro strips on the back of the cards.

More Detailed Variation!!! 
Create description (cards with a short description of the event) and/or date cards (cards with the date for each event) to go with the event cards. The student have to put the date cars in order, with the appropriate event and description under it. To make it more rigorous, have the students line the event cards in chronological order and make the STUDENTS create the date and description card to go with each.

Correlation to Social Studies
Create a timeline game on important events of the French Revolution.

Correlation to English/Language Arts
Create a chronological display of events in a story.
Correlation to Science
Have students demonstrate the stages of the rock cycle

Correlation to Math 
Place the steps of the order of operations in order. Give students an actual math problem and put the steps on event cards. Have them order that problem in the correct order of operations.

Correlation to Common Core
  • Writing Standard 3.c. (Grades 9-10)-  Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole.
  • Reading Standard 8 (Grade 3)-  Describe the logical connection between
    particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/third in a sequence).
  • Reading Standard 3 (Grades 11-12)-  Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text
SPED Accommodation
Allow SPED students to have additional time, review the textbooks before the game, or let them use their notes in the game.

I will be creating PRE-MADE event cards for you to purchase and use. Stay tuned for the release dates!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recommended Resources

So where does a Master Teacher such as myself go to get the best resources? Here are a few of my favorites
  1. Free Technology For Teachers- Richard has the BEST tech tools for teachers to use to teach lessons, to make learning fun, or to make teaching more efficient. And they are free!
  2. San Antonio School District- This page has a GREAT list of creative strategies. These are history related but would be great for other subject areas.
  3. Mr. Nussbaum- This teacher has the cutest lessons for multiple content areas. These are very creative and free to use for classroom teachers. 
  4. Ingenious Teaching Store (Teachers Pay Teachers)- Check out my store 

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