Sequencing Strategies

What is history without dates? But more importantly, do your kids know how different events relate to each other? Can they see relationships between the major events in history? How do you review important events without the boring timelines?

Try the Human Spectrum!

This is a great strategy for allowing students to review key content as well as providing opportunities for movement and synthesis of important historical information.  This strategy can be used with ANY CONTENT!

Follow these steps:

-Identify the key events in a unit such as the events leading to the Civil War or the American Revolution.

-Print up signs (or even better pictures) for each of the events. Assign each event to a partner group.

-Have the students write a brief summary about their event.

-Create a timeline in the front of your room – a piece of blue tape across the wall works just fine.

-Call your students up one at a time to place themselves on the time line.  One student holds the event sign, the other summarizes the event.

Challenge students to put themselves in order – without any help from you!


-Once everyone is on the timeline, ask guiding questions:

Which event (s) involved George Washington?
Which event (s) were located in the South? North?

-And then spiral in complexity –

Which event was the most important? The least important?
Which event, if removed, would not have had an impact? Which event, if removed, would have changed the course of history?

Kids love it! Have fun!

Examples of what these lessons look like can be found in my store:

The American Revolution:

The Civil War:

The Texas Revolution:















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