Putting events on a timeline gives you a sense of how much time goes by in between each event. It also helps you remember just when those important things happened. It is an easy way for students to understand events in the Bible in the correct order and they can also be a lot of fun to make.
Once you have decided that your students would gain tremendous benefit from seeing the progression of events of the Bible in the form of a timeline, the first obstacle that crops up is, “How do we start?” Some of the questions that arise when constructing a timeline are from not knowing what the date increments should be, how far apart they should be spaced, what format should be used and what exactly should go on it.
ehow.com- How to Make a Timeline for Kids
While adult supervision may be required, elementary age kids are capable of doing all the work themselves.
squidoo.com- Timelines for Homeschool
Lots of types of timelines examples that you can use.
creation.com- Parents and grandparents: A big-picture worldview project with your kids with complete directions and suggestion on how to create the timeline
sundayschoolresources.com- Timeline of the Bible
A complete Bible timeline that you can print out. (Click on Detailed Timeline: Print Version)
lessons4sundayschool.com- This 9-page timeline is great for showing preschoolers just how the major events of the Bible unfolded. It makes a great classroom addition, or a take-home project for the family.
This 9-page timeline is great for showing preschoolers just how the major events of the Bible unfolded. It makes a great classroom addition, or a take-home project for the family.
bibletimelines.org- Bible Timelines Online
Contains a series of over 20 free timelines (charts). Even though the typical timeline shows when an event took place these timelines were designed to help in understanding the reasons "Why?" an event happened rather than to show exactly when it happened.
Birth of Jesus to Ascension Cards- Play Memory, Go Fish, or Sequencing with these cards. The cards can also help students establish the content and order of the Matthew, Mark and Luke (synoptic) gospels. Example: Take the gospel of Mark since it's the shortest and ask the students to take the cards and put them in the order which Mark mentions them in his book. If you want to play Bible Timeline Card Game, the directions are posted.
Which Came First (file folder game)- When this question is asked, most people think of the chicken or the egg. Here is a game that wants to know which Bible story came first. In this game players are asked which story appeared first in the Bible as they make their way around the board. The first player to FINISH wins. (You can also use this game to review what happened in the correct order of a certain Bible story or several of your own choosing. Just write up questions about key events in the story and play the game.)
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