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Sequencing Lesson


Language Arts  



Sequencing Lesson


Lesson Objective: The students will sequence six events that occur in a fiction story with 100% accuracy.  Technology objective: The students will use drag and drop to sequence images and words in the correct order.

Behavioral Objective: The students will sit quietly in their desks or on the carpet sitting cross legged with their eyes on the Smartboard while discussing sequencing events, while listening to and watching the story, and while given directions. The students will work on their activities quietly at the computer, and work on their practice sheets quietly and independently.

Materials: Smartboard, chart paper, “Romall at the Beach” story online, Sequencing activity on Word, Sequencing worksheets


Standard(s): 3-6.3 Organize information by classifying or sequencing.

Anticipatory Set: Ask the students things what they like to do at the beach and what they like to bring with them to the beach. Then, ask students how they would pack for the beach and what things they would bring with them. Write a list of these things on the Smartboard or chart paper.

Prerequisite Skills:  The students will know how to put things in order and understand what a sequence is.




Initial instruction:  The teacher will:

  • After creating a list of things that students like to bring to the beach with them, have the students help make a step by step sequence of how they would pack for the beach. Create a list on chart paper of how you would pack for the beach, putting the steps in order. For example,
  1. I take out my suitcase.
  2. I pack my bathing suit.
  3. I fold up my clothes and put them in my suitcase.
  4. I zip up my suitcase.
  5. I pack up my beach toys in a beach bag.
  6. I put my bags in the trunk of the car.
  • Ask the students questions such as, “Why couldn’t I put my bags in the trunk first?” “Why do you have to fold up your clothes before you put them in your suitcase?”
  • Then, ask if some things could be changed around, such as packing your toothbrush before your bathing suit. Some things can be done in different orders, and other things cannot. Then, discuss what sorts of things have to be done in a sequence and what sorts of things don’t have to be done in a sequence.
  • Tell the students we are now going to listen to a story, and then discuss the sequence of events that happen in the story.

Guided Practice:

  1. Play the online story, “Romall at the Beach.”

  1. 2.      Pause the story several times to discuss what is happening, to predict what will happen next, and ask questions to monitor comprehension. If students are not answering questions correctly, go back at the end and replay the story.
  2. 3.      Following the story, discuss what happened as a class. Sequence events that happened in the story as a class. Choose one student to start, then another to say what happened next, etc. If students are having difficulty remembering, look back at the story.


Independent Practice: Show the students the activity from Microsoft Word that they will complete on their computers. The activity shows snapshots of events in the story with text from the story. The students will put these events in order by the way they happened in the story by using drag and drop. Model how to drag and drop the pictures and text boxes. If each student has an individual computer, everyone will be able to look on their own computers at the activity and complete at the same time. If there are a limited number of computers, students that are not working on the computer will complete a practice sequencing worksheet. On the worksheet, students will read a short fiction story and cut and paste pictures to go in the correct order according to the story.





Differentiated Instruction: For students that have difficulty reading, they may use WordQ to read the words that they do not know. If some students are unable to use the computer, they will cut and paste the events and put them in order on a printed out sheet. Some students may only sort the pictures if they have a lot of difficulty reading. If students finish early, they will listen to books on tape or read, and practice sequencing events from the story verbally with a partner.

Evaluation: Students will print out their sequenced sheet. The students will drag and drop pictures and text boxes in the correct order with 100% accuracy. Some students may only sort pictures with 100% accuracy according to disability.

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