Last updated: February 26, 2015
Time Flies By
- Grade Level:
- Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
- Colonial History, Education, Geography, History, Military and Wartime History, Revolutionary War
- 45 minutes
- Group Size:
- Up to 24
- National/State Standards:
- NYS Content:
Gr. 4: Rev War in NYS
Gr. 5: US Hist
Gr. 7: Un.2, Sec.2, Con. A1; Sec.2, Obj.2, Con.C; Un.3 Sec.3, Obj.2,4, Con.A,E; Sec.4, Con. A-C
Gr. 4: 2A,B; 3A,D,E; 4A,B,E; 6A; 8B,C
Gr. 5,7,8: Era 2 St. 1B; 2A,C; Era 3 St. 1A,C; 2A,C
- Battle of Saratoga, Battles of Saratoga, Saratoga Battlefield, Revolutionary War, American Revolution, military history, history, social studies
OverviewThis activity introduces students to the ideas of a chronology and timeline. Events in time are often easier to understand when they are chronologically listed. Comprehension of progression of events, as well as cause and effect, in turn can be enhanced by placing events on a timeline.
Students will be able to:
- construct and read a timeline of five events in their own lives
- construct and read a timeline of seven events for the British Campaign of 1777
BackgroundThis is a simple activity in several steps. It uses events in students' own lives to establish the concept of "chronology" and "timeline," then uses a chronology of events in the British Campaign of 1777--leading up to and including the Battles of Saratoga--for students to place in a timeline.
Downloadable PDF documents:
Ask students to list three things they did last week, then three things they did yesterday, then three things they did today. Write them all down on the board as a list.
Ask students how they see these list items related; especially with items listed in order of occurrence, they should see how they appear in chronological order.
Introduce the lesson to the class by reading through the worksheet with them. It may be useful to read a question, have the students write their answer, then move onto the next question, which students will answer.
Then, introduce what timelines are, and have students transfer their chronology answers over to the timeline.
As a homework assignment, have students use the included 1777 chronologies to complete the timeline on their worksheets.
Downloadable PDF activity key available.
Since answers will vary between students, no simple answer key can be offered. Reviewing answers to the 1777 chronology will be individualized.
The events leading up to the Battles of Saratoga, and of the battles themselves, appear complex, but are easier to understand when listed chronologically. Students will find it easier to grasp this when analyzing the chronology and creating their own timeline of important events.
Schools are able to arrange, in season, for free, self-guiding tours of the battlefield and for ranger-led education programs.
Students could create a chronology and timeline for multiple events in the American Revolution. These could be constructed as a flow chart or with digital pictures.
Downloadable PDF resource:
Student Research Packet
VocabularyCHRONOLOGY --included right in the lesson worksheet
Vocabulary list for military specific terms included in the lesson worksheet