How I Am Connected to the Past

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10447

"The past has passed; who cares?" It's because of the past that you are who you are! Using video and a fun timeline project, learn why you study social studies and what life was like "way back then"!


United States, United States

learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • When you hear the word "history," what do you think about?
  • Do you think you have anything to do with history?

YOU have a lot to do with history. Where you live, what you eat, how you speak, what you play with, and even the way you greet other people all have to do with history. Your life is a collection of things learned from the past. Today we are creating new technologies and we are making new discoveries that will change life for your children.

In order to make good choices you need to learn about your past and the history of our world. Our world and the people living on it have changed a lot over time.

In this lesson, you will go back to the time of the early humans and learn about life — especially what it was like for children. You will continue to go through time and learn about the differences and similarities concerning children living in different time periods until you are returned to the current time period.

Even though you may think you have nothing to do with history, everything you are and do has been influenced by our history!

  • It is a crazy idea, right?

Watch the first 2 minutes of this Why Learn Social Studies? video below to hear a teacher explain why learning history is important:

  • Are you ready to learn about yourself by traveling back in time?

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