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Sequence of Events
Are you in need of a new way to teach learners sequence of events and how to interpret a character's external motivations? Why not engage them in dramatic play? The class will use tableaux to convey the sequence of events in a familiar story; they will then convey setting, character, and action using the same technique. Afterward, they'll discuss how the tableau communicated the character's intentions in each scene.
New! Use Transitional Words and Phrases to Craft a Sequence of Events in a Story
Developing a clear sequence of events is essential for any narrative writer. The fourth lesson in this series helps learners write about the key events of The Story of Dr. Dolittle using transitional words and phrases. Pause the video to allow children time to write their own drafts before seeing the examples modeled by the instructor. Provide an opportunity for revision once the entire video has been shown.
Students examine logical and illogical sequences in writing. They identify illogical sequences of sentences in a letter. Students retell short stories using a logical sequence and students place sentences in logical order.
Sequence of Events Storyline
Seventh graders practice sequencing the events in a story they have read. After reading a short story, 7th graders sequence the events of the story using a timeline. Their timeline is used to create a summary paragraph of the story they have read.
Identifying Sequence of Events
Students identify the sequence of events in a story. In this literacy activity, students read the book Sweet Dream Pie and illustrate images from the book in sequential order.
Sequence of Events
Here is a nicely-designed presentation that does a terrific job of explaining sequence of events in a story to young readers. They view slides that have photographs of worksheets on this topic, and the kids "fill them out" together. Plus, there are some "signal" words that are stressed to show pupils when things are changing. They are: first, next, then, and, last. A very good PowerPoint!
Move Over: A Sequencing Lesson
Examine how to sequence events in a story with young readers. They retell the story of the Three Little Pigs, listen to the book The Mitten, by Jan Brett, and sequence the events from the book on Jan Brett's website. Learners then type and print out their own story using sequencing words. In the end, they will be able to identify the key details of the two stories by sequencing words.
Noisy Nora, Studious Students: Story Elements
Alliterative adjective nicknames generate stories inspired by Rosemary Wells' book Noisy Nora (also a thematic complement to any class with children who make a ruckus to get attention). Class members explore basic story elements -- characters, setting, conflict, sequence of events, and resolution -- in Noisy Nora, and employ them in original short stories based on adjectives they brainstorm about themselves. A beautifully integrated exercise, and fun!
The Games Robots Play
Students learn about how robots are programmed to play games. They then construct robot applications (basic computer codes) for playing tic-tac-toe comprised of if-then logic sequences. Students then compete in teams using their application codes to determine the effectiveness of their robot applications for the game.
Green Eggs and Purple Bacon
First graders read Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. The class cooks and eats green eggs and ham. They imagine a dish and write a recipe using a logical sequence. They type, illustrate, and compile recipes into a class cookbook.
Second graders, in groups, draw the rain cycle and make their own movie using a large cardboard milk carton and heavy white paper. They are assessed on their ability to identify the pattern of the rain cycle and to sequence the events in order.
The Grouchy Ladybug
Students listen to the book, "The Grouchy Ladybug" by Eric Carle and sequence the events in the story. Using a graph, they draw and color the animals that the ladybug meets next to the corresponding time from the story, and conduct Internet research on their favorite animal.
Second graders practice recalling the sequence of events in a story. In this sequencing lesson, 2nd graders listen to the story, A Chair for My Mother and identify each flashback that occurs in the text. Students chart the sequence of events.
Sequencing - The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Students are introduced to the concept of sequence or story order. They verbally use ordinal numbers. Students relate the verbal ordinal number to the numeral. In the end, they are able to sequence the events of the story in the correct order.
Young scholars explore desert habitats. They discuss characteristics of desert habitats and write three questions related to desert life. Students summarize a story using sequence of events and they write a paragraph describing desert life.
Students discuss cause and effect relationships and listen to the story, The Bath. They review the story's sequence of events. Then students write sentences to complete prompts, relating the cause and effect of each event in their lives.
Hidalgo's Fight for the Independence of Mexico
Tenth graders study and examine the life of Miguel Hidalgo while working to identify major themes. Small groups create sequence of event chains, analyze and label maps of Hidalgo's travels, and work together to create giant chalk maps on the playground.
Sequencing Using Folktales
Fourth graders practice sequence of events in summaries. In this sequence instructional activity, 4th graders listen to two folktales and write summaries using words such as first, next, finally, etc. They compare the two stories to find what was alike and different.
Saguaro - Cactus Hotel
Elementary schoolers listen to a read aloud of Brenda Z. Guiberson's, Cactus Hotel before acting the story out using the proper sequence of events. Using a graphic organizer, they determine the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Finally, as an assessment they write a summary, poem or narrative from the cacti' point of view.
Is There Room on the Bus?
Students explore beginning, middle, and end by listening to a story and completing a worksheet. They retell the story referring to the sequencing of events.