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Grade 1 3-3 Instructional Resources

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Lesson Ideas

Inquiry Tasks

  • Celebrations Timeline, from Education World, asks students to brainstorm a list of holidays commonly celebrated in the school, community, state, and nation. Encourage students to create an illustrated "tent" card of one of the celebrations, containing key words associated with the holiday on the inside of the tent. Invite students to hang their celebration cards along a wall, creating a timeline to view throughout the year.

  • Ask students to trace the important events in an historic figure's life, using the example of an 18th century frontiersman and the presentation, Daniel Boone, from O.C.S.S. Encourage students to  review major events in Boone's life and his contributions to the development of the nation. Ask student groups to select one type of recommended timeline to depict important details they recall (provided by Ten Ways to Create Timelines, from the Owl Teacher). 

  • Invite students to reinforce their understanding of chronological ordering and sequencing, using the lesson, Samuel Morse, provided by O.C.S.S. What problem did Morse try to solve? What steps did he take to solve problems related to communication? How is the Morse code still used today? Encourage student groups to create a set of sentence strips summarizing details about Morse' life and career. Invite groups to exchange strips and arrange them in chronological order. Challenge student groups to add one more sentence strip to the set, noting an invention developed to aid communication after the invention of telegraphs. 

  • Living Timeline, from Education Place, challenges students to investigate the history of their own community and develop an original historic timeline of major events impacting the people or the environment of the town. Ask students to participate in a living timeline, sharing information of major events and historic personalities from the community.

Primary Sources 

Secondary Sources 

  • A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings by David Hockney.


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