Chronological, Sequential, and Consecutive Order

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:

Teaching Sequential Order ~ Ideas, links, and a free graphic organizer


Chronological Order

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







Sequential 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

Lesson Plans for Sequential Order


Consecutive 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. 

Teacher Wears Same Outfit in 40 Consecutive Yearbook Photos

Ordering Anchor Chart

Click on the image to download these free printable graphic organizers.Free printable graphic organizers for Chronological, Sequential, and Consecutive Order



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