"Counting By Tens": A Timeline of the Decades by Wooster 5th Graders!

Wooster School 5th Graders used the white-board-walls in the 5th grade classroom to present “Counting by Tens,” a timeline project that showcased their knowledge of the twentieth century decades.

In studying Twentieth Century US History, Wooster 5th graders presented “Counting by Tens,” a timeline project that showcased their knowledge. Using the special white-board-walls in the fifth grade classroom, students constructed a 10-yard timeline of the twentieth century decades. The timeline included events as well as mind-maps for each decade. 

Each group was assigned a different decade, coming up with a creative way to present their information:
00's: Played "The Entertainer" on the keyboard and explained the origin of the Teddy Bear
10's: Created a newspaper
20's: Put on a fashion show and displayed different inventions
30's: Created a talk show that interviewed FDR, Edison, etc.
40's: Presented CBS Nightly News with FDR
50's: Made duct tape models of Alaska and Hawaii
60's: Made a model of the Lincoln Memorial with MLK out front and also              memorized portions of his "I have a dream" speech
70's: Performed a Disco dance to "You Should Be Dancing" 
80's: Created a game show, "The 80's Show"
90's: Made a Powerpoint Presentation of Twentieth Century 10 Bests (Movie, Music, Athlete, etc.)

In addition to the timeline, fifth graders also:

  • Performed songs, “I Got Rhythm” and “Yakkety Yak,” writing parodies such as “I Got Soccer,” etc.
  • Made art to display in the Fifth Grade Gallery:  Duct tape sculptures of telephones over the decades and collages representing specific decades.
  • Served food from all different decades in the Fifth Grade Library
  • Made individual line graphs of the cost of specific items decade by decade (ie. butter, houses, eggs, etc.)
  • Wrote essays on the topics of their choice from the twentieth century


About Wooster

Wooster School is an independent, college preparatory day school in Danbury, Connecticut. The School serves boys and girls from early childhood through grade 12 in small classes averaging twelve students. The mission of Wooster School is to educate the minds of its students, to cultivate their ethical understanding, to develop their artistic appreciation and expression, to promote their physical well-being—thus to prepare each individual for college and for a useful life. 

To learn more, visit http://www.woosterschool.org/ or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.

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