Blank Timeline Books are a little like an historical scrapbook for your student. Each page has a date(s) printed on it, which runs chronologically through the book. Your student would paste in figures for historical people, places, or events on the appropriate page to correspond with what you are studying. The Timeline books are a great way to review everything you have studied, and they give the student a better hands-on view of when things happened and how they all relate to each other.
Listed below are Blank Timeline Books that you can purchase.
History Scribe offers a spiral-bound blank timeline book for a reasonable price. Pages are pre-printed with center datelines and surrounding boxes for you to fill in as you wish.
How to Make Your Own Blank Timeline Book by Carol Henderson. A Book In Time, 2011. Create an impressive Blank Timeline book out of cardstock and labels for much less than the cost of ready-made editions. (see video below for details!) Make a complete book for each student that covers all eras, or print just enough pages for the era you are currently studying to keep in the back of your History notebook. Includes attractive artwork for the front cover and 4 major time divisions (Ancient World, Middle Ages, Age of Discovery, and Present Era), as well as lists of headings and dates. Print, assemble, and fill with your own Timeline Figures!
Also includes a planning chart and suggestions for Timeline Figures. See the Table of Contents and Sample Pages for more information. Please note that this resource uses BC and AD for dates (not BCE/CE). Find out more about our Blank Timeline eBook here.
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Miller's Blank History Timeline is a spiral-bound book with a dark, horizontal line going through every lightly-lined page. All other aspects of the book are blank for you to fill and decorate as you like! This one seems to be one of the better values in blank books!
The Tanglewood Book of Centuries is a PDF download that you can print at home and put in a notebook. (Please Note--If you have a printer that can handle cardstock, this option is great. For most printers, running a lot of cardstock will ruin the paper feed. The other oprtion is to use regular-weight paper, which is not the best for the gluing and general wear-and-tear of Timeline Books!)
Timeline Figures are small pictures of historical people and/or events to be cut out and pasted in a blank Timeline Book (or on a Wall Timeline). A short explanation & related date are written underneath the picture.
If you would like to purchase ready-made figures for your timeline, we have listed the best companies that offer sets covering different time periods. The figures are already drawn and ready for your student to color, decorate, cut out, and place in his/her own Timeline Book. Usually they are photocopiable for a family, but some of them require further permissions for an entire class.
You can also make your own Timeline Figures! If you would like to be creative and have exactly what you want in your Timelines, this option is for you. It is also a cost-free way to go! Simply find your desired pictures on the internet, resize them on a word-processing document, type a caption, and print!
Listed below are some resources that have a wealth of historical pictures that are perfect for putting together timelines for free! If you can't find what you need, try an Internet Image Search for whatever subject you are studying. Usually copyrights are fairly lenient if the image will be used personally.
Lift-the-flap Timelines: American History
Ten ready-to-go, instant timeline activities featuring dozens of key dates in American history. Topics include Westward Expansion, Immigration, Civil Rights, Presidents, and more.
Microsoft offers free timeline instructions! If you love working on the computer, click here to learn how to make your own timelines with Microsoft Word.
If you know exactly what you need, try doing an internet Image Search on your topic/person. If copyright allows, right-click to copy the image, and paste it into a blank document, adjusting the size as needed. You can add identifying information (names, dates) underneath the image and print it out for your students, or you could print the image by itself and have the students write the identifying information under the image after it has been glued in their Books.
Other Sources for Free Historical Images:
U.S. History Images is a goldmine for Timeline Figures. Most of the site's images are from the public domain, so copyright is usually not an issue.
American Journeys has an Image Search that is great for historical images. Type your topic in the "Illustration Title" search box, and you should get some good image results.
A huge clipart database is offered by the Florida Department of Education. Look under the American History and People -> Famous People sections! Read their copyright policy here.
Historical Portraits -- This Gallery from the University of Texas offers portraits of famous people with no restrictions on use. All of it is in the public domain.
Classroom Clipart has over 8,000 images in their History section on all kinds of themes and all periods of time.
PBS has some teaching helps to coordinate with the series A History of US by Joy Hakim, including an image browser with great images documenting America's past. Please note that they link to "Picture History" with thousands of additional images; however, Picture History charges for their use, making it unaffordable for classrooms.
Timeline Reference Books list all historical events in chronological order from the beginning of history until the present. This tool can help you to decide what figures to put in your (blank) student timeline book and where to put them. The Timeline Reference Tools listed below the books do the same thing and are free on the Internet.
The Timetables of American History by Laurence Urdang & Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. 2001.
A valuable resource for creating your American history timeline. Place all your figures in the right spot with the help of this book.
Usborne Book of World History Dates (Illustrated World History Series) by Jane Chisholm. Usborne, 1998. UE-JH
This lavishly illustrated reference book covers from 9000 B.C. to A.D. 1997. Date charts are backed up by fascinating features on important themes. Double-page chronologies follow what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time. Keep this as a reference as you place your timeline figures.
Timeline Reference Tools list all historical events in chronological order from the beginning of history until the present. This tool can help you to decide what figures to put in your (blank) student timeline book and where to put them.
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