Lesson Plan

Liberty Bell Time Line

Liberty Bell in the foreground with Independence Hall behind it.
The Liberty Bell, from State House Bell to international symbol of freedom and liberty

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Fifth Grade
History, Social Studies
Expected class sessions to complete:  2 to 3
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Common Core State Standards:
Reading Information Text CCRI 5.2
Speaking and Listening CCSL 5.1
Speaking and Listening CCSL 5.2


Students will create a time line to trace the evolution of the Liberty Bell from its use as the State House bell to an international symbol of freedom and liberty.


  • Students will construct a time line of historical events regarding the Liberty Bell in proper sequential order.
  • Students will reenact the assigned historical event from the time line.
  • Students will understand how to construct a time line to represent historical facts of the Liberty Bell from 1751 to the present.


  • Cardstock/Construction paper
  • Research materials & student notes
  • Art Supplies
  • Rulers
  • Date/event cards - optional
  • Copies of worksheets



Use this Time Line Rubric for assessment.


1.  Time Line:  a chronological order of events
2.  Symbol:  an object that stands for an idea, a country, or a person
3.  Symbolism:  the representation of one object by another
4.  Sequence:  progression of events
5.  Historical:  dealing with the past

Last updated: February 26, 2015