Chronological, Sequential, and Consecutive Order
I have found that by teaching my students that they may order nonfiction texts in three different ways – chronological, sequential, and consecutive order – really helps their comprehension of the material. Here is how I cover the three ordering topics:
Chronological order usually refers to how things happen in order of time. The segments of time may go forward or backward. This pattern works well when telling a story. History is told in chronological order. Also explaining how something happens or works is chronological order. Chronological order may recount a series of events that happened over time. This structure is organized from one point in time to another.
Online Activities to Help Teach Chronological Order
Lesson Plans for Chronological Order
Sequential order usually refers to steps in a process or event. This pattern works well when using step-by-step directions. Owner’s manuals and cookbooks use this pattern. Sequential order may show how to do something.
Online Activities to Help Teach Sequential Order
- Making Toast
- Brushing Your Teeth
- Carving a Pumpkin
- Making a Pizza
- Making a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
- Washing your Hair
Lesson Plans for Sequential Order
Consecutive order means one after the other. This may be a period of time such as days. Any regular time intervals such as each year, each month, and so on are consecutive over. Consecutive order often refers to numbers. An example of consecutive numbers would be 1, 2, 3 or 9, 10, 11. Consecutive order is not a writing style. Think Back-to-Back. Example: For three consecutive years, the groundhog predicted an early spring.
Online Activities to Help Teach Consecutive Order
This fun event will be sure to help your students remember the meaning of consecutive order.