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Liberty Bell Timeline Activity - Middle School

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.2, 6-8.RH.7


In this activity, middle school students will create a timeline 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 timeline 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 present.

Historical Events for Timeline

Following are events to research and put in chronological order:

1751 The people of Pennsylvania Colony ordered a large bell from Great Britain.
1753 The Pass and Stow bell was hung in the State House.
1772 People living near the State House complained to Pennsylvania leaders because they were upset about the frequent ringing of the bell.
1776 The Bell rang to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
1777 Americans removed the Bell before the British entered Philadelphia.
1777 The Bell was hidden in the floor of a church in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1778 The Bell is returned to the State House.
1781 The Bell rang after the American victory in the Battle of Yorktown.
1830’s The Bell became a symbol for the Abolitionists.
1835 The name “Liberty Bell” was first used.
1846 The Liberty Bell rang to celebrate George Washington’s birthday
1852 The Liberty Bell was moved from the steeple of the State House and put on display inside the building.
1885 The Liberty Bell traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana.
1893 The Liberty Bell traveled to Chicago, Illinois.
1895  The Liberty Bell traveled to Atlanta, Georgia.
1902  The Liberty Bell traveled to Charleston, South Carolina.
1903  The Liberty Bell traveled to Boston, Massachusetts.
1904 The Liberty Bell traveled to St. Louis, Missouri.
1915 The Liberty Bell traveled to San Francisco, California.
1915 Bell rang as part of first coast to coast telephone call.
1926  The 150th birthday of the United States: Bell was heard over the radio.
1976  The Liberty Bell is moved from Independence Hall into the Liberty Bell Pavilion.
2003  The Liberty Bell was moved to its current home in the Liberty Bell Center.


Timeline: a chronological order of events
Symbol: an object that stands for an idea, a country, or a person
Symbolism: the representation of one object for another
Sequence: progression of events
Historical: dealing with the past


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