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Colonial America – Creating a Time Line of Significant Events in History

October 29, 2010

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Doing a time line to give your child an understanding the time it took for events to unfold.

Ways to do a time line:

  • It can be done on a single piece of paper with a line drawn with a ruler. Your child would mark off all of the major events and they can also put other events of interest (the day he was born, his favorite vacation…).
  • Every event would be listed in order.  They may want to pick 10 to do a drawing of the event.
  • If your child is older, have them figure out a scale in order to list the pictures.  For instance: every decade could be 1′. So they would need to figure out how many feet 10,000 B.C. would be from the next listing.
  • They could pick only the events during the Colonial American period to work with and add others.
  • Have your child write the dates on paper – you might want them to draw a picture to depict the event to help make the events real to him.


  • Then starting with 10,000 B.C. explain that they are going to put the next event 1″/1′ (whatever works for the space you are using – a table edge, a wall…) for every century. How many years are in a century? If they  don’t know, explain that every ten years is a decade and 10 decades is a century or 100 years. So how many years is it from 10,000 B.C. to 1492?
  • Depending on the age of your child, help them with the math. It doesn’t have to be perfect, what you want therm to understand is that a lot of time took place between man arriving on the New World until settlers came.
  • Once they has the hang of it, the events can be added quickly
  • The increase of technology from 1950’s will amaze your child as it does anyone that pauses to think about it.
  • They might want to add when vcr, Gameboy, Nintendo, cd’s came to be and the most important event in their life: their birthday!

Below is a list to work with:

10,000 B.C.  Man comes to North America

1492               Columbus arrives in the New World

1607              British settlers in Jamestown Colony

1620              Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving.

1769               Daniel Boone explores what will become Kentucky

1773              Boston Tea Party takes place

1775              Paul Revere’s famous ride

1775              Post office started by Benjamin Franklin

1776              Common Sense written by Thomas Paine

1776              Declaration of Independence signed

1789              George Washington elected as the first President

1860              Abraham Lincoln elected President

1861               The Civil War begins

1869               Transcontinental Railroad completed

1869               First professional baseball game

1886               The Statue of Liberty dedicated

1888               First telephone lines

1889               Thomas Edison perfects the light bulb

1903               Wright Brothers take their first flight

1920                First radio station

1939               First television broadcast

1946               First computer used

1957                First sateilite launched

1969               Neil Armstrong walks on the moon

1976              America celebrates 200 years!

2008              Barack Obama elected President.


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