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Community Celebrations 3-D Timeline

Which special events are celebrated in the community? Create a 3-D timeline of community events—for any season!

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. A community becomes more than just a group of people living in the same place when they join together for special events such as parades, festivals, and picnics. Students gather information about events in their community such as outdoor band concerts, recycling events, and health fairs.
    2. Write all the information on 12 large sheets of chart paper with Erasable Colored Pencils, one for each month of the year. Students break into groups of two or three children, each group focusing on one month. Find out more about the community events that are scheduled in the assigned month. Students send letters to the event coordinators to get details on what happens at the event, where it is located, times, and who sponsors it.
    3. Each group creates 3-dimensional representations of the events in their month with Crayola Model Magic. Encourage creativity, like forming miniature scenes or simple representations of the event, such as a watermelon for a community picnic or a float for a community parade.
    4. Here’s one idea: To create a bandshell to represent a summer concert, roll Model Magic compound flat with a marker barrel. Cut it in half. Curve one piece up and around the other piece, so one piece forms the floor and the other piece the curved walls and roof of the bandshell.
    5. Stack Model Magic strips to make risers. Create tiny musicians and their instruments, seated on the risers. Air-dry for 24 hours.
    6. On a paper roll, create a 12-month timeline. Write each month along the line with Crayola Markers. Place the 3-D creations along the time line. Write details of each event on the timeline. Display in a public building such as a library.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SS: Describe how people create places that reflect ideas, personality, culture, and wants and needs as they design homes, playgrounds, classrooms, and the like.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students organize attendance at community events. After each event, the student(s) that attended will write a one-paragraph summary of the activity. This writing will be posted with the 3-D timeline.

    Students create a similar 3-D timeline of school events and follow-up with a summary of each event attended.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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