Regarding timeline notebook use…Any visual that can be associated with a dated event boosts the student’s ability to identify and remember. Use of timeline notebooks as Peter suggested can ideally be combined with a classroom wall timeline kept up by having students create and post small illustrations of events studied at the appropriate place. Students can keep their own notebooks up to date by entering freehand replicas of what is posted on the classroom wall.
Another idea for reviewing the order of historical events involves having students make simple illustrations or write names of events on 3×5 cards, with the date written on the back. Cards can be shuffled face up and then lined up chronologically. When finished, they can be checked for accuracy by checking the date on the back.