Lesson Plan

Picture This: The Ugly Duckling!

Your students have probably heard of "The Ugly Duckling," but have they ever tried to put the events of the story in order? In this simple sequencing lesson, young readers match illustrations to text and put them into the proper order.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Sequencing pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Sequencing pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to retell stories by properly sequencing text and images.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Ugly Duckling Story CardsUgly Duckling Sequencing Boxes
  • Gather the students.
  • Display the title page of "The Ugly Duckling" interactive story.
  • As you display the cover of the story say, "This is the story of 'The Speedy Worm.'"
  • Wait for the students to object, then say, "Oh, you're right! This is the story of 'The Angry Goldfish!'"
  • Wait for the students to correct you. Ask the students to explain how they knew the story was about "The Ugly Duckling."
  • Let students know that today, they'll be using pictures and words to put this story in order.


  • Point to the picture and remind students that a picture in a book is called an illustration.
  • Review that the illustrations and the words in a book go together to tell a story.


  • Review the defitions for the words illustration, author, and illustrator.
  • Ask students, "How can you tell what a story is about before you read the book?"
  • Provide the sentence stem, "I know the story is about ________ because I can see _________ ."