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In the Past, Present, and Future Puzzles

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Start a great discussion and show students how technology and society have changed over the years by matching historical images with their modern counterparts.

Past, Present, and Future for Primary Grades

Are you struggling with figuring out how to teach past, present, and future to your kindergarten and first grade students? One tried and true method for developing these concepts is through simple classroom discussions!  We’ve put together a resource to help you spark those discussions and show your students how things have changed, and might continue to change over the years.

The Past, Present, and Future Puzzles feature historical, modern, and futuristic images that are perfect to spark discussions about how things have changed, or continue to change as time passes.

To play, students will choose a card, identify what the item is (transportation, housing, clothing, etc), and find the matching pieces to complete the past, present, and future puzzle. Use these cards to spark discussions in your classroom about the evolution of technology and what the future may hold for us. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your History lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this Social Studies resources to enhance learning through whole class lessons or remote learning assignments. You could even expand the concepts included into a kindergarten timeline project!

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by completing the activity in a small group. Provide these students with additional think time and further discussion on the objects seen on the cards.

Additionally, provide access to previous assignments, posters, and anchor charts for students to recall past lessons.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your fast finishers to write stories or make drawings of what they think the future holds, and what our everyday tools may look like.


Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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