Lesson Plan

The People's Time Line

horse drawn wagon
Early visitors at Craters of the Moon

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
1 hour
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:


Students make a time line showing significant events in the cultural history of Craters of the Moon. (CLASSROOM ACTIVITY)


  • Students will be able to visualize the times of important cultural
    events in relation to other time scales at Craters of the Moon.


Craters of the Moon's human history is one of avoidance. The soil is sparse and poor and the minimal precipitation quickly disappears into the porous lava. The few archeological sites at the Monument show that Native Americans traveled through the region but had no permanent dwellings there. Early settlers viewed the inhospitable land with morbid fascination as they headed for greener pastures in Oregon.

Most of what we know about Craters' human history occurred in the last two hundred years, yet people have lived and died in the region for at least 15,000 years. In other words, 99% of our information on cultural history focuses on the last 1% of its time. As with geology, a time line can help to illustrate the relationships of events to time. The process can help to heighten the students' appreciation of cultural history.

See "Additional Resources" below for an Introduction to the history of Craters of the Moon.

From the Teacher's Guide to Craters of the Moon.


  • Adding machine tape (3 or 4 inches wide by about 100 feet)
  • Pencils, pens, crayons
  • Use of a large indoor wall while your class is studying about Craters of the Moon


Additional Resources

History of Craters of the Moon


time line

Last updated: February 28, 2015