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The Little Old Lady Sequencing


Language Arts, Math  


PreK, K, 1  

By – Chyanna Crespo


By the end of the lesson the students

  • will be able to sequence the events of the story in the correct order
  • will be able to use the concept of ordinal numbers to help organize story events
  • will be able to identify numerals 1-6 and recall the ordinal name of each
  • will label various articles of clothing
  • will listen to the story attentively
  • will take part in a group discussion
  • will dramatize the story



The book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams


Pair of shoes


Pair of gloves

Pair of pants

Pumpkin head

Index cards with the ordinal numbers (numerals and word) printed on each




Activities and Procedure:

  1. Review the concept of sequencing by explaining that sequencing is the order of events in a story or in our lives. The teacher will draw on prior examples used to teach the concept from the earlier lessons. For example, the teacher will discuss the sequential order of the students’ morning routine.
  2. Before the teacher reads the book, she will ask the students to identify and label each article of clothing that will appear in the story by showing the actual garment and allowing the students to touch each of them. This will allow second language learners or students with auditory processing issues the chance to process the various elements from the story in advance.
  3. The teacher will show the front cover of the book to the students. She will discuss the illustration and read the title. She will then ask if the students know what the word “afraid” means and ask the students to share an experience of when they were afraid.
  4. The teacher will read the book as the teacher assistant uses the articles of clothing to act out the story. This will allow the students an opportunity to see how each prop is to be used in the retelling of the story.
  5. As the teacher is reading the story, she will engage the students in conversation regarding the illustrations by asking them their opinions on how the main character truly feels.
  6. Upon the conclusion of the book, she will ask for volunteers to come up and reenact the story by using the articles of clothing.
  7. After the dramatization of the story, the students will once again sequence the clothing as it appears in the book, using the index cards with the ordinal numbers (numerals and word) printed on each reinforcing the concept of ordinal numbers.
  8. The children will then be given newspaper to stuff each article of clothing, creating a scarecrow.


Independent/ Group Practice:

Activity 1: Students will cut out four main events from the story and glue them in the correct order. They are asked to write the numeral reflecting the ordinal number based on the sequence in the story.

Activity 2: Students will sequence the events of the story in a small group using flannel board with felt pieces. They will also be provided with flannel numbers to help them sequence the events.

Activity 3: Higher functioning students will have a blank organizer and be asked to draw the picture and write the sentences for picture.


Follow up activities:

  1. The students will participate in a poll about their favorite article of clothing from the story and use the data to construct a bar graph.
  2. The students will vote to pick which name our class scarecrow will have. The children will use the data to create a bar graph illustrating the results.
  3. The students will use this story in their “Writers Workshop”, once again emphasizing the sequence of events, as well as summarizing the story.



The teacher would be able to assess the students by their performance during the lesson as well as how they perform on the independent/ group practice tasks.



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