On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to model an ELA lesson in fifth grade. The class has been reading biographies, and the teacher wanted them to work on sequencing the historical figure's life events using a timeline. Rather than simply going in and teaching the students how to make a timeline, I decided to use a modified version of the Gradual Release Model. Below you will find the lesson information. If you aren't familiar with ReadWriteThink's Timeline Generator, I highly recommend you check it out. The Timeline Generator is one of over fifty-nine student interactives ReadWriteThink provides free of charge.
Learning Target: I can create a timeline to sequence events.
Technology Tools Used: ReadWriteThink's Timeline Generator, Mr. Nussbaum's Biographies
I do: Helen Keller
Walk through creating a timeline using Helen Keller's life.
1880 Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
1881 Blind and deaf from high fever
1890 Knew manual alphabet, Braille, and how to use the typewriter
1904 Graduated from Radcliffe College
1964 Presented with Medal of Freedom
1965 Elected to Women’s Hall of Fame
We do: Derek Jeter
Read the passage as a class, then together create a timeline of Derek Jeter's life/career.
1974 Born in Peqannock, New Jersey
1991 Played Minor League Baseball
1995 Made it to the Majors
1996 Rookie of the Year
2012 Career Batting Average .313
You do: Lou Gherig
Students were to read Lou Gherig's biography, and then create a timeline of his life. I created a Padlet for students to share their finished timelines. Due to time, the classroom teacher decided to have students not complete this part, and instead create a timeline based on a historical figure they read about last week.