Lesson Plan: Timelines


Pyramids may have B.C.E. dates on a time line

If you’re a teacher, you probably know that time lines are actually a Social Studies standard, not math. However, that seems like splitting hairs to us. We’re all about teaching math in context and we know from experience that many students struggle with timelines that have dates before the year 0.

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Time line with BCE – Addition of negative values using timelines for clarification
IN SPANISH: Línea de tiempo con AEC
Time line with BCE – Addition of negative values using timelines for clarification
IN SPANISH: Línea de tiempo con AEC

Using Timelines in Video

Just to make it even clearer, here are some videos explaining timelines with examples. The first video works through an example solving a timeline with dates after the year zero in our current calendar.

Because we know that students often have more difficulty computing the time between dates before and after the year 0, that is using a timeline with B.C.E , we have two videos explaining this concept. 

End your class with style learning about timelines, Latin American history, fractions and basic statistics by playing AzTech Games

AzTech: The Story Begins

Whether you are teaching English language learners, want a fun app to expand your Spanish vocabulary or simply want to learn math fills the bill. Packed with videos and activities, players solve problems with simple equations. They’ll also be introduced to Latin American history as they use their knowledge of math to survive.


Recommended for Grades 5-7
Math topics Fractions and Statistics
Culture Latin America, Maya
Available for iPhone, iPad, Web


 

AzTech: Meet the Maya

Aztech pyramid

In the heart of the Mayan jungle. In this fully bilingual game, players learn and apply skills from how to read timelines to understanding distributions to reading pictographs (and more!).


Recommended for Grades 5-8
Math topics Statistics
Culture Latin America, Maya
Available for iPad

 

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