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What is a Timeline? Instructional Slide Deck

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Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: K - 3

Use this slide deck and accompanying materials to teach your students how to read, understand, and identify timelines.

What is a Timeline? How Do You Teach Timelines?

Teach Starter teacher collaborators have put together the perfect resource to help you teach those timeline standards to your little ones. Timelines are a vital part of the Common Core, even for learners as young as first grade. However, it is challenging to find timeline activities for primary-level readers. We’ve got you covered!

These slides for teaching timelines are designed to help students apply their knowledge of timelines to answer questions and demonstrate that they understand how a timeline is used. This is an interactive teaching tool that gives young students the opportunity to

  • Discuss where they’ve seen timelines in the real world
  • Observe and analyze different timelines
  • Answer questions using information presented on a timeline

Note: This resource pairs with and references our Timeline worksheet, so make sure you grab that too!

Using this resource, teachers can observe students’ abilities to read and understand timelines, synthesize information from a diagram, and comprehend text.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More Uses for This Timeline Lesson Plan

This resource can be used for direct instruction, concept review, or digital learning opportunities.

  • Challenge students already proficient with primary timelines to create their own timelines. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

There’s no prep needed! Simply download the Google Slides Timeline slide deck, project it on the screen, and start teaching! 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included.


This resource was created by Emma L. Welton, a teacher in Colorado and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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