This activity gives an insight into the long and interesting history of the reserve which they are visiting by making a timeline and listening to stories from the main players throughout history.
OBJECTIVE: to examine the history of the nature reserve area through storytelling and creating a timeline.
TIME: 2-3 hours
WHAT YOU WILL NEED: a length of rope; card for making 'timecapsule' labels; string; scissors; felt pens; Sellotape.
To make your own, follow the instructions below:
How to make it
Mark the rope at 10 regular intervals with felt pen. Make labels for 'Today' and for each 1000 year interval and attach with tape.
Fix on the time-capsules: Prepare time-capsule cards using different coloured card with the statements given on the time line below - write the heading on one side and the statement on the other. Make sure they are easily readable (laminated if possible). Fix cards to rope in appropriate places.
Once the timeline has been made, use the stories on the tags to allow the young people to think about and discuss what life must have been like at different times throughout history.
Relate also people's activities and ways of life to the surrounding environment of the times.
When the timeline comes back to school it can be hung around the classroom and a wall display developed underneath, including future research.
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