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Make a Timeline / Create an Exhibit

Arrange students’ posters chronologically in the classroom to create a timeline about the topic. Invite other classes to visit and tour the exhibit. Encourage students to answer visitors’ questions about their posters.

PROCESS:

  1. Cut a piece of paper into strips. You’ll need one strip for each student. Label one-third of the strips as “Past,” one-third as “Present,” and the remaining third as “Future.” Put the labels in a paper bag.
  2. Select a topic. Inform students that they will each create a poster related to the past, present, or future of this topic.
  3. Invite each student to pick a strip of paper from the bag. Once they know which path to follow, encourage them to identify an important person, place, or event in the appropriate time period. Students must each select a different subject for their posters.
  4. Instruct students to conduct research and compile information. Advise them to include as many details and examples as possible.
  5. Give each student a piece of poster board and access to art supplies. Encourage students create posters that reflect the most important or interesting aspects of their subject.

ASSESSMENT:

Arrange students’ posters chronologically in the classroom to create a timeline about the topic. Invite other classes to visit and tour the exhibit. Encourage students to answer visitors’ questions about their posters.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
After students complete their research, instruct them to create an outline to organize their ideas. Tell students to use the outlines as a guide as they determine what to emphasize and what to illustrate on their posters.

Grades 5-6:
After students complete their research, instruct them to create an outline to organize their ideas. Tell students to use the outlines as a guide as they determine what to emphasize and what to illustrate on their posters. Explain to students that these posters are not a random collection of facts. Discuss how they can use design to highlight the main idea and show connections to supporting facts.

Grades 7-8:
Explain to students that the main idea of their posters should be easy to comprehend. All supporting facts and details should have a logical connection to that idea. The style they use should be consistent and appropriate for the subject matter covered in their posters.

Grades 9-10:
Challenge students to select a style, tone and format that complements the subject matter of their posters. Encourage them to be selective in the information they include and creative in how they incorporate that information into their presentations.