E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: ENVIRONMENTAL DATELINE
Author: Jane Ducey
Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Grade Level: 3-12
2. Ecosystem 1. Social Studies
6. Natural Resources 2. Math
7. Land Use
Student shall make a timeline over a period to include the years of his/her
life, using all the conservation events and also those that could be considered
destructive to the ecosystem which
Student shall see that a timeline is a number line and can be used to calculate
quickly the time lapse and relationship of events around that all important one,
A roll of paper about eight inches wide, such as some office machines use or you
might cut your own, or paste sections together to obtain a strip of paper 20' x
8" or 10".
Yardstick to measure and mark off the line. (meter stick)
Using a felt pen, draw a heavy line down the length of the paper. Then mark off
intervals, for example from 1970-1983. You might start at the extreme left with
the date of a major event, such as the Green Cay Nature Preserve bequest on St.
Croix, the opening of the Mahogany Run Golf Course on St. Thomas, the National
Park bequest on St. John, the opening of Hess Oil on St.Croix. Space the dates
so that the right side of the strip continues into the next year.
Mount the paper above the blackboard, or other similar areas, so that you can
work on it over a period of time. Insert the birthdates of students or deaths
of notable Virgin Islanders. Include any controversial construction or issue,
the St. Thomas airport or the Constitutional Convention. How old was John when
Green Cay was protected for all time? How old was Susan when she came to the
Virgin Islands? Who was Governor? After the (hotel) was built did the beach
where you were accustomed to swim become inaccessible?
Variations might include: Making a timeline using the school year only and the
events on your campus. Or events in your classroom only. Notice if many
unrelated things happened about the same time and seek a reason for seemingly
unrelated events being concurrent.
Was there a major clean-up on campus? Were there any destructive forces that
set back progress? Any new buildings or improvements? Any awards for your
Or you may wish to start with Columbus in 1493, or with D. Hamilton Jackson,
and just look at major events. Students will note that the present becomes a
very short interval if you start your timeline a long time ago. How long have
computers been around? When did a student first use one? When was the first
Earth Day? What was the date of the first global meeting about the environment?
How old were your students at either of these times?