Woody Guthrie Elementary School Curriculum
Floor-to-Ceiling Woody Guthrie Timeline
here for text only version
FLOOR-TO-CEILING WOODY GUTHRIE TIMELINE | UNIONS
No matter the
developmental age of your students, a fun whole group activity is to create
a huge classroom timeline to refer to throughout your unit on Woody Guthrie.
You may want to start out the unit with a walk through his times, or use
it as a mid-unit review of events in his life or complete it as a culminating
Use the timeline
as a framework, adding other historical events that are relevant to your
studies throughout the year.
There is an excellent
timeline available through the Library
Retrieve the Woody
Guthrie timeline and enlarge it several times so words can be read across
a crowded classroom when the timeline is hung on a wall. Cut each year
and its events in an unstructured way, creating cloud-like shapes. Put
them in a laundry basket. Cut butcher paper the length of your classroom
from the floor to the ceiling.
Play your favorite
Woody Guthrie music as you lay butcher paper on the floor and gather the
whole class around it. Ask children to remove their shoes so they will
be able to walk up and down the timeline. Have a student write 1912 at
the top of the butcher paper and 1967 at the bottom.
Call on students
to choose an event out of the laundry basket and walk along the timeline,
placing it where it might go. Continue this procedure, asking students
to jiggle the papers around to fit events sequentially. Input from peers
is encouraged. The whole class should be talking together figuring out
how to sequence events and develop ways to place them on the timeline.
After everyone has had a chance for input and all the events are placed,
students can glue them down.
to make illustrations for the timeline. While they are drawing, higher
As students complete
their artwork they should come over to the timeline and glue their work
in the appropriate place.
When glue is dry,
hang up the timeline in a prominent place and refer to it throughout your
study of Woody Guthrie.
Here are some
details from the Floor-to-Ceiling Timeline made by Theresa Kubasak's Second
Grade Class (click on the images for larger pictures).