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EASY Accordion Timeline Tutorial with Video

I’m excited to share our Printable Timeline and Book of Centuries with you! I created this printable to accompany our World History and Science lesson plans. Read on for a tutorial on how to create an accordion timeline and all the product details!

Create an accordion timeline for your printable book of centuries.

We are excited to be traveling back in time to study ancient history this year! Many of the printable timelines we’ve found only go back far enough to track human history, but we have to make room for the dinosaurs on our timeline!

I created this printable geologic timeline to track history back to Earth’s beginning. Check out how we create a foldable accordion timeline below.

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The Geologic timeline shown here is available for purchase on TeachersPayTeachers!

Each two-page timeline is labeled with era, period, and dated timeline. Timelines are divided into ten 1.25 inch sections.

Each spread contains a time scale: 1.25in = Xyears. Middle Ages and Modern Times spreads each cover 100 years. Prehistory and Ancient Times cover a varying number of years.

This timeline can be accordion folded or printed front-to-back for a Book of Centuries binder or booklet. Each set includes directions for printing. Bundle includes 56 pages. If this is too large for your needs, consider printing a half-size booklet (tutorial).

For more information on the Geologic Timeline, see and read about the Geologic Time Scale on Wikipedia.

Printable geologic timeline for binder or accordion timeline

Directions for Accordion Timeline


Printable Timeline or Book of Centuries
Clear Packing Tape (standard 2in wide)


(1) Print timeline on cardstock or heavy paper.

(2) Begin assembling one 2-page spread at a time.
-Position two facing pages approximately 1/8in apart, face up.
-Apply a piece of packing tape 1-2in longer than the pages so that an even amount hangs over each end. Be sure tape is evenly placed on both pages.
-Flip pages over and fold excess tape down onto the opposite side.
-Fold pages together face-to-face like a book.*
-Apply a piece of packing tape approx 1in shorter, half of the tape on one edge of the folded spread.
-Flip spread over, press firmly, and fold packing tape over to other side.

(3) Attach groups of spreads together.
-Apply tape in the same manner, though this time begin with the long tape on the back.
-Fold sections back-to-back and apply shorter tape to front side of timeline.*

*Applying tape to a folded spread will allow the sections to stay folded instead of bubbling up. For a bulletin board or wall display, simply adhere pages together while laying flat.

Accordion fold timeline

Ideas for your timeline

  • Make an accordion pullout for Interactive Notebooking
  • Bulletin Board or Wall Display
  • Book of Centuries binder
  • Trace your own history with a family tree timeline
  • Create a timeline for historical events or natural occurrences
  • Calculate years and label dates with your child
  • Add important dates in world and family history




This giveaway is now closed.

Enter to win our Geologic Timeline and Book of Centuries Bundle by August 12th!


 Official Rules

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years or older. No purchase necessary. Entries accepted from August 4 – 12, 2017. Winner will be chosen at random August 13, 2017. Each entry will be assigned a number and winner will be chosen at random via True Random Number Generator on Winner will be contacted on August 13th and will have 48 hours to respond confirming a valid email address. If winner does not respond a second winner will be selected.

Prize includes Geologic Timeline PDF, value $5.68; Early Human / Ancient Times Timeline PDF, value $3.55; Middle Ages Timeline / Book of Centuries PDF, value $6.39; Modern Times Timeline / Book of Centuries PDF, value $4.26. Total value is $19.88. This sweepstakes is being held by Ashley Fox, PO Box 707, Estero, FL 33928. Please contact with any questions.

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