Year Made: 2014
Platforms: Tabletop - Card Game
Price: $10.00-14.99 (depending on the site)
Content Areas: Social Studies, Science, Music
Suggested Age Level: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Play Length: 10-15 minutes (longer with more people)
Number of Players: 2-8
Difficulty Rating: Easy
For a quick, easy-to-understand game that can teach students about historical facts, landmark events, and scientific advances, look no further than Timeline, a simple card game that requires players to put all of their events in chronological order before their opponent does. Starting with one event in the center, players take turns deciding if the event on their card occurred before, after, or between events on the ever-growing timeline. First player to run out of cards and not gain any more for a round wins!
While the events are surprising and fun and the game is short enough to allow for plenty of replays, the challenge is that players start to memorize the dates and it could be tougher for newer players to join in with experienced ones. From a learning standpoint though, this is excellent as students have learned to associate events with a memory and can recall the dates that could otherwise be difficult to remember. The game does not lose its luster from this though, because as the player learns the general placement of dates, so do their opponents.
Timeline is certainly an appropriate choice for a social studies class and a good alternative to flash cards or rote memorization. Players could choose events that interest them the most and research them or even create their own version of the game with the events studied in class and could play the game of their own creation as a review. With other versions of Timeline, science and music classes could also use the game in a similar way.
Timeline is a fun, quick game that is easy for students to pick up and opens as many doors to learning as there are cards of random events in a deck.
Educational Rating: 6/8
(Classroom Tech Friendly, Motivation, Concrete Learning, Additional Skills, Feedback, Difficulty, Accessibility, Extension)
Overall Rating: 6/8
(Immersion, Environment, Storyline, Replayability, Entertainment, Gameplay, Originality, User Control)