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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.
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!
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!
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.
If you're looking for a detailed lesson on event sequencing from informational text, you've found it. There is an entire script for you to draw from as you explore order of events and sequence words. Scaffolding is key here; learners begin by listening to you demonstrate the skills and then practice it themselves. They engage in multiple reading comprehension and vocabulary activities, filling out a sequencing graphic organizer. All materials are provided here for printing.
Class members simulate a watershed with a painters drop cloth, placing objects underneath to create landscape variation, making "rain" with a watering can, and using red drink mix powder to track the path of precipitation. They observe what happens and depict the sequence of events on a chart (example included). Engaging and visual. Extend by researching the topography of your local watershed and building an accurate facsimile.
There was an old lady who swallowed some leaves? Little learners read a new version of the old swallow story with a fall twist as they try to answer the big question; Why is that lady swallowing all that weird stuff? The teacher's guide includes pre-reading activities, rhyming vocabulary practice, modeled and shared reading ideas, worksheets, flashcards, and cross-curricular extension ideas based on the story. The strategies used aid in reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary acquisition in a fun and engaging way. Plus, the book is hilarious!
Sail with Christopher Columbus on a biographical reading adventure. Young explorers will learn about the life of Sir Columbus as they hone their comprehension skills through guiding questions, shared reading, and fluency practice. Included in the teaching guide are flashcards, a vocabulary matching game, a timeline worksheet, additional reading suggestions, and cross-curricular ideas to connect this text to four different subjects. An excellent resource that invites learning through engaing activities.