1st, 2nd, 3rd….. {Teaching Sequencing At All Levels}

I like to target sequencing through fun cooking or craft activities but I can’t do that for every therapy session so I found these great sequencing cards from Lakeshore Learning.  I got the Story Sequencing Cards- Complete Set which includes 3-scene, 4-scene, and 6-scene sequencing cards.  I think these story sequencing cards have clear pictures and more familiar scenes than previous sequencing cards I have used.

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I used the 3 scene story cards with my preschool and kindergarten groups.  I laid out all 3 cards in a random order and the students and I first looked at all 3 pictures and discussed what was happening in each picture.  Then we determined what the whole story was about and I asked questions to help the students work through sequencing the pictures in the correct order.   Here are some examples of the questions I asked my students for the Valentine Heart making story  – “What holiday is the girl celebrating?”,  “What is the girl making?” and “What shape is the Valentine?“.   Then we looked at all the pictures again and decided what came First in the story.  I often ask a leading question such as “What does the girl need first to make the heart?” If the student needs additional prompting I give them a choice of 2 pictures to determine which one comes first in the story.  After we lined up all the pictures in the correct order I had the students help me retell the story.

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For some of my students I used the 4-Scene or 6-Scene Story Cards which were more challenging.  I created some First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth labels to provide additional visual support as the students place the sequencing cards in the correct order.

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I set up the activity the same as I did for the 3 scene story cards.  First, I had the students identify what was happening in each picture.  Next, I helped the students identify what happened first in the story.  I gave the students a visual choice of 2-3 pictures if looking at all 4 or 6 cards at once was too challenging.

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After the students placed all the pictures in the correct order, I had the students retell the story using those sequencing terms (First, Second, Third, etc).  I found the written sequencing terms paired with the pictures provides the additional support many of my students needed as they retold the story.  Finally, for some of my students I had them pick one story to write about at the end.

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1 Comment

  1. Could you talk more about the writing piece that you follow up with? I love the idea of using a sequencing activity and write about. My students struggle with writing so much( K-2). They have the fine motor ability but not able to use inventive spelling or phoneme segmentation yet. I have struggled on how to modify writing activities for my students.


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