Wednesday, May 9, 2012

National Holidays Time Line Review

We are in full review mode in our classroom these days. Students learned about the National Holidays in Kindergarten, First and Second Grade. This is just a blur by the time they are third graders so it is something we always review before the end of the year. Here we are creating a National Holiday Time Line to help us remember the essential information: the holiday, the reason it is celebrated and when it is. All the information they need to know is located on these flip charts.

The first step in the process is to cut out the descriptions of the holidays (see bottom of this post for the printable). Students fold it in half to make a door that opens to the description. Together we identify the holiday being described and write its name on the front of the door. Capital letters are needed of course! Let's squeeze in the review of proper nouns!  Next we sequenced  these holidays starting with January.  (Don't be alarmed when some of your third graders have forgotten the months of the year..been there and I felt myself begin hyperventilating.  It's scary but nothing a quick review won't fix!! Sing the months of the year song.  They might still remember it from preschool. )    We glue these strips in this order on a large piece of construction paper.
This flip door allows students to "quiz" themselves on the information.  A great "make and take" study guide for this concept.
Again, sorry you have to tilt your head sideways to view these pictures.  Still can't figure out why Blogger is flipping them this way!  But if you have not discovered Reading A-Z, you must check out this website.  They have wonderful printable leveled readers on all kinds of topics.  Here is the one we used to review Memorial Day.

Here is a finished product.  Feel free to use the printables to review the National Holidays with your kids! 

National Holidays Time Line National Holidays 20001 Timeline National Holidays 0001


  1. So great! Thanks for sharing! Just found your blog and became your newest follower. I am a third grade teacher too and a new blogger! Come check me out sometime!

    :D Angie

  2. Hi Angie! I'm glad you stopped by! It's always so great to meet other third grade teachers. The blogging community is amazing. You will meet some wonderful new friends! Have fun with it!

  3. Hi Doris, This is a great activity but I'm having trouble downloading the printables because they are with Scribd. Is there any way you could post or send a copy through Google Doc or some other sort of medium? Thanks! :)