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Timeline Skills:

Chronological Order

Created by: Melanie Tuma

What is Chronological Order?


Chronological order: arranging events in the order that
they happened in time

How to Put Dates in Chronological Order


1.Which date has the earliest year?
2.Which date has the earliest month?
3.Which date has the earliest day?

How to Put Dates in Chronological Order


1. Find the dates that have the earliest year.
January 2, 1995
January 2, 1995

May 21, 1995

June 10, 1997

May 14, 1995

May 21, 1995

Answer

December 5, 1997

June 10, 1997

June 8, 1997

December 5, 1997

May 14, 1995

June 8, 1997

How to Put Dates in Chronological Order


2. Find the dates that have the earliest month.
January 2, 1995
January 2, 1995
May 21, 1995
May 14, 1995

May 21, 1995


May 14, 1995

Answer

December 5, 1997
June 10, 1997
December 5, 1997
June 8, 1997

June 10, 1997


June 8, 1997

How to Put Dates in Chronological Order


3. Find the dates that have the earliest day.
January 2, 1995

January 2, 1995
May 14, 1995

May 21, 1995

May 21, 1995

May 14, 1995

December 5, 1997
June 10, 1997
June 8, 1997

Answer
December 5, 1997
June 8, 1997
June 10, 1997

Class Practice: Put the dates in chronological order by assigning


each date a number 1-6 (1 is the date that comes first, 6 is the
date that comes last).

March 1, 1922
January 7, 1922
September 30, 1922
April 5, 1922
July 25, 1922
October 15, 1922

Class Practice: Answers


2 March 1, 1922
1 January 7, 1922

5 September 30, 1922


3 April 5, 1922
4 July 25, 1922
6 October 15, 1922

Student Practice

Are the events on this timeline in correct chronological order?


November
1, 1880
Alfred
Wegener
was born.

1880

July 1, 1912
Alfred Wegeners
theory of Continental
Drift was presented to
the public.

1900
1920
June 19, 1925
Alfred Wegeners theory of
Continental Drift was ridiculed.

Explain and fix (if needed):

1940

May 22, 1953


Evidence was
found to
support
Alfreds
theory.

1960
1980
March 14, 1960
Alfreds theory was widely
supported.

2000

Are the events on this timeline in correct chronological order?


November
1, 1880
Alfred
Wegener
was born.

June 19, 1925


Alfred Wegeners
theory of Continental
Drift was ridiculed.

1880
1900
1920
July 1, 1912
Alfred Wegeners theory of Continental
Drift was presented to the public.
Explain and fix (if needed):

March 14, 1960


Alfreds theory
was widely
supported.

1960
1940
1980
2000
May 22, 1953
Evidence was found to support Alfreds theory.

Title This
Place the timeline on a desk. On a sticky note,
create a title for the timeline, and stick it to the
back of the timeline.

February 2005: Rainstorms hit Southern California.


The drenched ground gave way, creating sinkholes
and mudslides.
Jan. 10, 2005: Following days of heavy rain, a
mudslide swept into the small town of La Conchita.
January-February 1998: The El Nio weather brought
weeks of heavy rain to California, causing mudslides
and road damage.
Jan. 17, 1994: A 6.7-magnitude earthquake shook the
Los Angeles area. The earthquake destroyed
buildings and freeways in the heavily populated area.
Oct. 17, 1989: A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit central
California. The earthquake knocked down buildings,
started fires, and left San Francisco without power
for several days.

Title This
Place the timeline on a desk. On a sticky note,
create a title for the timeline, and stick it to the
back of the timeline.

March 10, 1993: The National Weather Service


predicts below normal precipitation for the summer.
June 10, 1993: An 8 inch rainstorm begins
in Dakotas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
July 14, 1993: Over 100 rivers feeding into the
Mississippi River flood.
July 16, 1993: The Mississippi River is flooded to
seven miles inland.
July 24, 1933: The Mississippi River is at a record 32
feet deep.
August 2, 1933: The Mississippi River is now 49.7
feet deep in St. Louis, Missouri.

Names: ____________________ and _____________________

Higher Order Thinking Questions


Directions: With a partner, discuss the following questions. Jot down a few of your
thoughts.

1. What if Alfred Wegener had never come up with the Continental Drift
Theory?

2. Imagine there were multiple tectonic plate boundaries under Ohio.


What would happen over time?

Names: ____________________ and _____________________

Higher Order Thinking Questions


Directions: With a partner, discuss the following questions. Jot down a few of your
thoughts.

1. What if Alfred Wegener had never come up with the Continental Drift
Theory?

2. Imagine there were multiple tectonic plate boundaries under Ohio.


What would happen over time?

Date Grab Bag Interval Practice


Instructions: With a partner, select 5 dates out of the bag. Put the dates
in chronological order. Decide what interval makes the most sense to use.
Place the intervals on the timeline using a dry erase marker. Place the
events on the timeline. Put your names on the timeline, and take a picture
of your completed work. Repeat until its time to switch centers.

October
16, 1705
November
14, 1760
June 30,
1870
September
9, 1995
February
1, 2011
July 18,
1777
April 6,
1864
June 14,
1955

August 14,
1706
March 7,
1761
November
23, 1877
February
2, 2003
June 22,
1705
March 1,
1783
December
6, 1869
May 28,
2014

June 20,
1712
January
13, 1788
December
11, 1901
April 29,
2004
June 11,
1731
March 23,
1794
September
29, 1873
June 10,
2014

July 20,
1712
March 1,
1788
January
4, 1952
March 1,
2011
May 18,
1734
January
2, 1812
July 14,
1914
August 7,
2014

August 12,
1725
April 1,
1790
July 2,
1979
January 6,
2011
December
20, 1736
February
21, 1816
February
12, 1925
September
17, 2014

April 19,
1733
February
25, 1822
September
15, 1990
January
11, 2011
October
19, 1745
November
20, 1843
January
17, 1932
September
20, 2014

December
9, 1748
August 8,
1857
April 20,
1993
January
25, 2011
December
15, 1752
December
9, 1854
December
9, 1935
November
2, 2014

Date Grab Bag Interval Practice


Teacher Assembly Instructions: Cut timeline pages in half and laminate.
Laminate dates in table, cut, and place in a sealable bag. Cut Date Grab
Bag Instructions and attach to the front of an empty file folder. Staple
bag to inside of the file folder. Place timeline pages inside the folder.
Your Date Grab Bag Interval Practice activity is now complete!