Sequencing the History of Civilization

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10277

What can we learn from putting events in order? Let’s explore sequencing events through videos, online resources, activities, and fun projects.



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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What would happen if you got dressed and brushed your teeth before you got out of bed? Does that even make sense? There is usually an order to the way things happen. 

  • Why is it important to sequence events?
  • What can we learn from putting events in order?

Let’s explore sequencing events through videos, online resources, activities, and fun projects.

Let’s explore the history and development of civilization using circle maps and sequencing.

1. Use the Graphic Organizer - Circle Map. found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar, to take notes about the history of civilization. 

In the center circle, write History of Civilization. You will write things you learn from the video in #2 of this section. You may also draw illustrations to help you remember. A suggested answer key can be found on the Sequencing the History of Civilization Notes and Answer Key also found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

Watch How Do You Use a Circle Map? (below) to learn how to use a circle map. (Note: You will be sequencing these events in the Got It? section. Just write anywhere in the circle map for now.)

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2. Watch the The History of Civilization for Kids: How Civilization Began (below) to learn about the history of civilization. Pause the video as you learn something new and write it in the circle map.

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When you are finished watching the video, share the information you learned with a friend or family member. Use the following questions to guide your thoughts on the circle map.

  • How did people live long, long ago?
  • What do we call the people of long, long ago?
  • What are archaeologists?
  • What did archaeologists learn about hunter-gatherers?
  • What were the effects of agriculture?
  • What did people need to do in order to farm?
  • What happened when people stayed in one place with extra food?
  • What happened in the villages because there was so much food available?
  • What are some examples of the kinds of work they were able to do?
  • What were they able to do with the goods they made?
  • What types of inventions allowed people to grow even more food?
  • What effect did more food have on villages?
  • How did people keep track of trades and their increasingly complicated lives?
  • Through all of these changes, what did people develop?
  • What is a civilization?
  • What are the characteristics of a civilization?

3. Watch the Understanding Sequence video (below) to learn more about sequence of events. Notice key words for sequencing events, such as:

  • first
  • second
  • third
  • next
  • then
  • before
  • after
  • finally

After watching the video, sequence at least six events of your own day. Use the Graphic Organizer - Flow Chart (Downloadable Resoucresto map your day. You might write something like the following:

  1. First, I ate breakfast.
  2. Next, I brushed my teeth.
  3. Then, I walked the dog.

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