When it comes to sequencing activities, the more interactive the better! You’re going to want your kiddos to understand the importance of putting things in order, so practice makes perfect.
Make A Snack
My very first year of teaching (cough) many moons ago, My students made a “face-wich” on a piece of bread, with peanut butter, and raisins and pretzels, and M&Ms to decorate the face. Then, we wrote how we made our treat using sequencing words. If you picked up on the fact that I was allowed and encouraged to use PEANUT BUTTER, that should tell you how long ago this was. I’ve adapted this activity, of course, but making a snack for my sequencing activities was always been the highlight of my year.
Of course, 2020 has its own way of putting a damper on anything fun you’d like to do with your students… so we make adjustments. If you’re teaching virtually, have your students talk about what they had for breakfast. What did they eat first? Did they make their own breakfast? Can you incorporate sequencing words with activities like making their own bowl of cereal?
Use An Anchor Chart
Anytime you teach something new, begin with an anchor chart. Ideally, you’ll make one with the students, where they participate. But if you’re in the need of having an anchor chart to send them while they’re virtual learning, here is a set of digital anchor charts on Google Slides and Seesaw.
All you need to do is share your screen during a lesson, or add your own slides afterward!
What Do Your Students Do That Are Sequencing Activities?
What about your student’s chores at home? Can they tell you about making their bed or feeding a pet? Maybe have them make a video demonstrating how they complete a chore using sequencing words. If you’re feeling brave, you can use Flipgrid or Seesaw for your videos.
More Sequencing Activities on Google Slides or Seesaw
My students loved the interactive slides that I created for them during virtual learning. I began to make these kinds of activities to place in their reading stations, little did I know that I’d need to assign them while I taught from home. Because I knew I also needed to teach them the reading strategy of sequencing, I’ve added an instructional video at the beginning of these sequencing activities. I wanted students to have every opportunity to learn the reading skills, so they will have access to a sequencing mini-lesson right in the activity. You can get your hands on this product right here!
Mentor Text For Sequencing Activities
If you know me at all, you know that I am a sucker for a good picture book. I love beginning any lesson with a read-aloud. And these mentor texts lend themselves to some great sequencing activities. If you click on the books, you’ll be taken to a place where you can purchase them on Amazon.
This was a favorite book at our house, as each animal comes in, the chances of actually napping get smaller and smaller! Have your students list all of the interruptions in order using sequencing words.
This is one of my favorite books! I like to use the sequencing in the story of the little mouse who learns to love her name. But more important than telling the story in order, you can start to challenge your students by asking “What happened BEFORE Victoria made fun of her name?” Or “What happened AFTER Chrysanthemum wrote her name in the dirt?”
Any of the “Old Lady Who…” Series are amazing for sequencing activities. Not only can your students practice retelling the story with sequencing words, but you can also change the book for the season you’re in!
Pass Out Sequencing Activities Bookmarks
I never met a child who didn’t love bookmarks. Here is a set of FREE bookmarks that you can print and give to your students. There are fifteen different reading strategies in this set!
Use Sticky Notes!
My husband, Eric will tell you that we have a line-item in our taxes for Sticky-Notes. I’m not saying I have a problem, but I do love to use them for EVERYTHING.
Did you know that you can PRINT on sticky notes? I use these for my literacy stations. When a student goes to the reading station, they use the prepared sticky note, write their response on it, and stick it to the wall. It the same as writing in a response journal, or on a worksheet, but a heck of a lot more fun.
I have a FREE template for you to print reading strategy responses on sticky notes, grab them here!
Well, friends, that’s a start. Hopefully, this gives you ideas for sequencing activities that you can use for both in-classroom tasks and virtual learning. I’d love to hear how it goes!