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ReadWriteThink Interactive Timeline Tool

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Social Studies




This interactive timeline tool from ReadWriteThink can be used by students with guidance from their teacher or parents to create a graphic representation of the chronology of events of their lives. This tool can be used when teaching sequencing events using calendars, schedules, and timelines.

Kindergarten students could use the first line of the template provided, either writing their birth date themselves or telling it to someone for dictation. Each student could illustrate the sentence. Then, make a list of the months of the year, with each student's birth date written next to the month of their birth, in order by days. After making a wall timeline with the months of the year, each student's birth date could be added in the correct month. 

Use the following template for students to record dates and events. They can take it home and do it with the help of family members and also add information in class on their own.

On the Day I Was Born

I was born on (Month, day, year)

In __________, I was one year old and I __________.

In __________, I was two years old and I __________.

    Social Studies (2010) Grade(s): KG


    Sequence events using schedules, calendars, and timelines.

    Unpacked Content



    • schedule
    • calendar
    • timeline
    • event
    • history
    • sequence
    • yesterday
    • long ago
    • tomorrow


    Students know:
    • The difference between today (present), tomorrow (future) and yesterday (past, or history).
    • The names of the days of the week, and the order in which they come.
    • A year is divided into months, and has heard the names of the months repeatedly .
    • Vocabulary: long ago, yesterday, today, tomorrow, history, schedule, calendar, timeline, later, future, before, after


    Students are able to:
    • List events in their lives in the order in which they occurred.
    • Identify a calendar and know that each square or number on the calendar represents a day.
    • Name the present month .
    • Answer questions about their daily schedule:
      • Does recess come before or after lunch?
      • Do they go to library everyday?
      • Do they go to lunch everyday?
    • Identify events that happened a long time ago through the use of personal primary sources.


    Students understand that:
    • Time is measurable and ongoing.
    • There are events in their lives that have already happened (past), events that are happening or will happen today (present), and events that will happen later (in the future).
    • Some events have happened in their lifetime and some events happened long ago.
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