A History Timeline Project

To develop a basic understanding about the role of philanthropy in the history of the United States

PrintUp to 50 minutes (depending on class size)

Students will develop an understanding of philanthropy in the United States


Enough computers (with Internet capability) for the number of students; a projector or enough flipchart/butcher block paper for all students.


Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (2014, January 28). “15 Great Timeline Creation Web Tools and iPad Apps For Teachers and Students.” 

  1. Have students draw (or pass out) slips of paper with the year and person/event he/she will research.

  2. Ask the students to research the person or event and year. Ask them to decide on five interesting facts they will share and to be ready to explain the impact of their topic or how it changed society.

  3. Ask the students to go into the assigned timeline app account and enter the five facts and include a picture. If using butcher block, ask the students to draw a picture that corresponds with the event or person and to place it on the timeline at the corresponding year; students will reference their pictures when presenting their facts.

  4. Each student will stand and share the information that they learned about his/her person or event and year.

  5. Add more detail, where needed, to the discussion about the people and events to bring deeper understanding to how philanthropy has grown and changed over the years.


We will refer to the timeline throughout the course so it is important that it is easily accessible.