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    So I have finally gotten around to putting up the paper on the wall to start making timelines and I've bumped into a small problem. How to divide history up. Can someone help me here? How did you do your timeline? What makes sense? Here was my original thought but when I started to put it up it didn't see like such a good idea.

    First timeline would be big bang to forming of solar system/earth.
    Then forming of earth (would this be 4600mill BCE?) to first people
    first people (is this 2million BCE?) to 6000BCE
    Then ancients (6000BCE to 500ACE?)
    then middle ages (500-1600)
    early modern (1600-1850)
    modern (1850-present)

    I can't wrap my head around this well. Someone wanna help me make sense of all this timeline stuff?
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    We started our timeline with the 1800's since that's mostly what we're covering this year. It runs along the top of our wall, like a border. We'll go forward or backward from there with a blacked out space with the years we're missing between times we haven't covered.

    My kid makes "time cards" for the line with different events we cover. For example, he drew a cartoonish picture of a covered wagon going over a step hill with a heading that read, "1844 George Washington Bush travels the Oregon Trail".

    I have no idea if this makes sense. I could post a pic of it...

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    Rereading your OP, I realize that you're talking about a History of the World type of timeline. But I think you could use the same plan.
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    ok, here's what I have:

    top level is the big bang to the beginning of life on earth.

    next level is the evolution timeline from charlie's playhouse BUT THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS

    next level is 1,000 bc to present. that doesnt leave a lot of room to put on a lot of stuff - we covered all of world history in one year and my kids really hated putting things on the timeline.

    now, i never did do US history on the timeline. we have a presidents chart (its actually a placemat - but laminated and easy to keep on the coffee table) and i got a civil war poster set which includes a civil war timeline. i keep thinking we'll make a US history timeline, but i'm starting to give up.
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    I had an earth science course this fall (amazing how much stuff has changed since I had it in the 8th grade) and the text had a really good timeline. Sadly, I sold the book back at the end of the term. On an upnote, the instructor had used Powerpoints and he embedded a small version of a timeline that can be found at http://palaeos.com/timescale/images/...ime_spiral.png

    Hope that helps in some way. :-)

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    Thanks. I was wondering what happened to Charlie's Playhouse. I had it bookmarked so I could buy the timeline when it was time. I'm so sad about that. That link is really pretty. Thanks for the ideas.
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    I've purchased the History Odyssey timeline, and I'm going to use that as my primary. It does start at 6000 BCE, but I'm going to make a simple supplemental map to show some of the 'pre-ancient' stuff.
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    rainbow resource carries a prehistory timeline from history odyssey. You might want to check it out. Stickers and all, I believe. I think it covers 2mya to 6000bce
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    Speaking of timelines...(we use the History Odyssey timelines simply because I liked that they were already made for me! does anyone have a *working* link for a Big Bang to present timeline using either toilet paper or adding paper? It seems like all the links I've found in my searches are broken. :P I'm drawn to making some thing large in order to impress my 7yr old. But then, after we take it to the park and unfurl it...how the heck would we display it on the wall? Hmmmm.....

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    I haven't done a timeline yet. I was thinking of getting the History Odyssey version for next year, so I don't have to wrap my mind around how to make one. But in the last week, I have come across two timeline-related things that may (or may not!) be helpful to you.
    A timeline index. I think this may be more to help place things in time: Timeline Index - People, Periods, Places, Events...
    A homemade timeline on a display board. (Also links out to another source that helped her figure out how to put the dates on it): Timelines and Book of Centuries Build Your Library
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