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As a result of this activity, students will be able to:

  • begin to understand past time as represented in time lines
  • begin to understand where their own lifespans fit into the bigger picture of time


Michigan Curriculum Framework: Content Standards and Benchmarks: Social Studies

Strand I Historical Perspective

Students use knowledge of the past to construct meaningful understanding of our diverse cultural heritage and to inform their civic judgements.

Standard I.I Time and Chronology

Chronological thinking is at the very heart of historical reasoning. Without a clear sense of historical time we are bound to see events as one great tangled mess. Events must be sequenced in time in order to examine relationships among them or to explain cause and effect.

Excerpted from: Michigan Curriculum Framework, Michigan Department of Education, 1996. For more information, contact the Office of Curriculum Development, Michigan Department of Education; 517-373-7248;


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