Technology Integration: Geography, History, Social Studies

Technology Skill: Desktop Publishing, Graphics, Presentation, Word Processing

Program: Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Google, Google Docs, Google Slides, Office Online, Word Online, PowerPoint Online


Timeline Lesson Plans: Google Slides or PowerPoint Activities, Teacher Guide, Printable Student Workbook, Paperless Worksheets, Extension Activities

Handouts and Assessment Tools: TechnoTimeline Parent Letter, TechnoTimeline Certificate, Summary of Skills Checklist, Timeline Peer Review Checklist, Timeline Marking Sheet

Timeline Project Ideas and Templates: Biography Timeline Sample, Expedition Timeline Sample, Milestones Timeline Sample, Research Organizer Template

* Assignment names vary between Google and PowerPoint versions.

Assignment 1: What is a Timeline?

Study sample timelines. Understand how a graphic organizer summarizes key events.

Assignment 2: Brainstorm a Topic

Select from a range of timeline types. Pick a topic to research.

Assignment 3: Organize Research Findings

Research the topic. Collect facts with the help of Google Docs or Word.

Assignment 4: Create a Timeline

In Google Slides make a timeline using shapes or in PowerPoint with a SmartArt graphic.

Assignment 5: Highlight Events in the Timeline

Emphasize the importance of events using shapes and/or images.

Assignment 6: Use a Checklist to Edit the Timeline

Self-evaluate the content and design of the timeline. Make revisions based on assessment.

Assignment 7: Share your Timeline to Get Feedback

Share the timeline. Using a checklist have a peer comment to offer valuable feedback.

Assignment 8: Share Timeline with Others

Present timeline using discussion questions as a guide, post a link, or print the timeline.

Optional Timeline Lesson Plans

  • Is it Significant? Learn to judge the importance of events.
  • Research: Tips to collect data. (Google)
  • Drawing Workshop: Practice drawing and formatting shapes.
  • Highlight Events using Saved Images: Use design tips to work with images. (PowerPoint)
  • Zoomable Timeline: Zoom to learn about a special event. (PowerPoint 2016)
Timeline Lesson Plan
Integrate Technology into Curriculum
Explain Historical Importance
Peer Edit using Comments

Form Connections using Timeline Lesson Plans

In TechnoTimeline, students first study samples for inspiration. Then they research a topic and record findings using an organizer. Once the important moments have been pinpointed, Google Slides or PowerPoint is used to create a graphic display. Upon completion, the sequence of events is shared with others. Topic suggestions are provided including autobiography, family, biography, historical, and book plot timelines.

  • Understand the purpose of a timeline
  • Use technology to conduct research
  • Analyze data to recognize the importance of events
  • Organize events using a timeline
  • Form connections between people and events
  • Apply a slide background
  • Produce a timeline using shapes or a SmartArt graphic
  • Format objects to produce an attractive graphic organizer
  • Share a file and set permissions
  • Post and read comments

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Students create a timeline that explains significant events. Using either Google Slides or PowerPoint, they organize information in chronological order. This project can be used to identify important events, develop an understanding of a historical period, study changes over time, or analyze causal relationships. Timeline lesson plans integrate technology with history, geography, or social studies.

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