Lesson plan

Sequence It

Your students will be able to sequence the events in a story after this fun-filled lesson about insects!
Grade Subject View aligned standards

Students will be able to sequence an event or story.

(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Monarch Butterflies by Gail Gibbons, noting the life cycle of a butterfly as you get to that part in the book.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your class if they remember the the sequence, or steps, in the butterfly life cycle.
  • Explain that a sequence is what we call the order of something. For example, first this happens, then this happens, and finally this happens.
  • Review the sequence of the butterfly life cycle with the class (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly) and ask what would happen if you said "caterpillar, egg, butterfly, chrysalis"? Answers might include that it wouldn’t make sense, or could be confusing.
(5 minutes)
  • Demonstrate drawing the life cycle in order.
  • Show the class how you could write a sentence about the life cycle. You might write, 'The butterfly begins as an egg, then hatches into a caterpillar.'
  • Pass out four index cards to each student and ask them to draw each part of the butterfly life cycle.
  • Write '1, 2, 3, 4' on the board and ask the students to put their life cycle cards on the board in the correct sequence under the numbers.
  • Tell your students that now they will get a chance to create a ladybug life cycle book.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Ladybug Life Cycle worksheets to each student. Go over the directions as needed.
  • Circulate around the classroom and work with individual students.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your class if they remember the the sequence, or steps, in the butterfly life cycle.

Enrichment: Have more advanced students create an additional life cycle booklet using index cards.

Support: Allow struggling students to work with a partner to sequence the ladybug life cycle.

(5 minutes)
  • Display the life cycle worksheets on the classroom wall or door for others to view. Check the booklets to assess whether students were able to correctly sequence the life cycle.
  • Pass out the Plant Life Cycle worksheet for students to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect the How Does a Flower Grow? worksheet and review it with the class.
  • Answer student questions and/or review sequencing as needed.

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