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Sequencing: Order in the Court!

This lesson gives students the chance to demonstrate and reinforce their knowledge of sequencing. Have them role play a fantasy text to practice sequencing!
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Understanding Sequence pre-lesson.
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Students will be able to identify the correct sequence of events in a story.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(15 minutes)
  • Give students sentence strips from The Little Red Hen. Instruct the students to pay attention to the story sequence as you read the story.
  • Separate students into groups and have them put the story sentence strips in order after you complete reading the story. Ask a group to share their sequence and correct any misconceptions.
  • Tell students that they just sequenced a story, or put it in the correct order.
(10 minutes)
  • Provide an example of how you can sequence an everyday activity, such as getting reading to go to school or playing a basketball game.
  • Ask some students to share what they did from the time they woke up until the time they arrived at school, making sure to share events in the order they occurred.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to give other examples from their everyday lives where sequencing is important. For example, in baking, sequencing can be important.
  • Have students watch The Three Little Pigs.
  • After they have finished watching, instruct them to retell the story in the correct order.
(20 minutes)
  • Invite your students to role play the characters in the story.
  • Give your students masks from The Three Little Pigs, and have them self-organize the sequence of the story.
  • Then, direct them to act out the story in order.


  • Give students sentences showing the out of order steps to make a dessert, such as marshmallows, and ask them to sequence the steps.


  • Give students the Lunch Time worksheet for practice with sequencing. Allow them to cut the strips and maninuplate them while trying to figure out the correct order.
(5 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Jumanji, or another fantasy text, and instruct students to think about the sequence of events in the text.
  • Distribute the Timeline Organizer worksheet and ask students to list the four most significant events from the story in the the organizer in their correct order.
  • Use the Timeline Organizer as an indicator of their ability to listen to a story and correctly sequence the story.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to explain how the story would be different if it had a different sequence.
  • Ask students to share the importance of sequencing in reading and everyday life.
  • Have them give examples.

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