Lesson 7


Time Required: 4 lessons



Timelines are an important visual organizer in history studies. In this unit students will examine a variety of timelines, construct their own personal timeline and a Salt Spring history timeline. A focus will be on developing an understanding of the concept of historical significance: what is placed on a time line and why it is considered important.


Lesson Prep



Activity 1

Timelines Intro

This site has many timelines that can be printed, e.g. food, music, the history of many countries:


This site contains a technology timeline:


Each group reports their findings to the class

Discuss why particular events were picked. Hypothesize as to what criteria was used in their inclusion.


Activity 2

Personal Timelines



Activity 3

World Timelines

The teacher may want to add key events to the class list.


Activity 4

Salt Spring Timelines


After studying the photos ask them to decide on the most important 10 events and include reasons why.

This should include a lot of discussion.


Teacher Resources



Salt Spring Timelines Photographs

Lesson 1: What Is History?

Lesson 2: Who Were The First People Who Lived On Salt Spring?

Lesson 3: Who Were The Next Settlers? Why Did They Come?

Lesson 4: What Was It Like To Live Here?

Lesson 5: How Did The First Nations And Early Settlers Get Along?

Lesson 6: How Has Salt Spring Been Mapped?

Lesson 7: What Are Timelines?