It no secret how much I love the Read Write Think: Student Interactives!!!
We recently used the Timeline version in the computer lab but they also have an app that works the same way! I love how easy it was to use and that after 1 explanation 4th grade was ready to go and succeed.
They even give you options of how to group events, and you have the option to add pictures as well. My students had to do a short project putting in order the first Native American groups to our state and listing their name as well as one unique fact.
We only had about 30 min to do so and they turned out great. I love that you can email them or simply print (no login required!) - makes my job so much easier. The website is linked and has a TON of ideas for just this one resource. It is not limited to just social studies or writing, it can be used in any subject!
Here's a few ideas from the site and some I came up with:
1. Make in addition to an autobiography. Insert pictures and complete at home
2. Make a class timeline for this year. Include all events and pictures!
3. SS: Create a biographical timeline of an important person. Use when you study biographies or of famous Americans or people from your state!
4. Plot the specific events of a war or battle to help you study
5. Create a quiz about your timeline to help tie in math. How long was it between these 2 events... Which event came first....
6. Researching Nonfiction - use a timeline as part of a nonfiction project. Create it to help readers. This would have been a great addition to our unit (there's always next year!)
7. Create a timeline over a book you have read - could be done in lit groups. Use the events in the story to help guide you. A Unique Summary!
8. Science - use a timeline over life cycles to help you study vocab and what happens in each change.
9. Writing - generate a story based on a timeline organizer to help you get started. First.... (the first bubble) Then (2nd bubble).... and so on. Once all the events are lined out then use it to help keep sequence in your story.
10. Math: Make a timeline of your day including specific minutes. Use at least 7 events. Ask questions to a partner over how much time has passed between events in YOUR day. Check together to see if you are correct. If your students are anything like mine - elapsed time practice is NEVER a bad idea!
Here's how some of ours turned out:
It helped them visualize the chapter as a whole since we did it as a review activity and one of our social studies skills has been focusing on timelines - it was perfect!