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Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events

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Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Renee Goularte

Renee Goularte

Magalia, California


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Chart or butcher paper and markers

  • Post-it notes

  • Paper and pencils for student group brainstorming

  • Centimeter Grid Paper for students for written timelines

  • Reading response journal

  • Books About Family Memories, such as the following:

    • The Memory String by Eve Bunting

    • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

    • Aunt Flossie's Hats by Elizabeth Howard

    • Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

    • Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


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