1. Print the cards (Full color and black line cards are available.) onto card stock or heavy weight paper. Laminate for repeated use.
2. Place students into small groups or with partners.
3. Provide each group with one set of cards.
4. Each student will randomly order the cards and then write a paragraph describing or giving information about what is taking place. [Make sure each student in the pair or group uses a different sequencing order.]
5. If students have access to laptops, iPads, or a computer lab; this can turn into a mini research project.
6. Once paragraphs are finished, have students exchange them.
7. Students will read their peers’ paragraphs and order the cards based on the information in the paragraphs.
Download the free sets of cards here.
I have created two other post on sequencing/ordering:
- This post goes over the definitions of three types of ordering (chronological, sequential, and consecutive). It provides links to websites with free practice and includes free printable organizers.
- This post goes over the definitions for four types of sequencing (flashbacks, foreshadowing, chronological order, and logical order). It provides a free foldable organizer going over the definitions of these. It also includes two practice sequencing.
If you like this post, you may wish to check out these other posts and webpages on text structures:
Compare and Contrast
Problems and Solutions
Cause and Effect
Do you need additional teaching resources? Check out Sequencing at Teachers Pay Teachers. This unit is centered around nonfiction texts and uses the theme of animals. It contains the following:
- mini posters going over rules and definitions
- a lap book with printable patterns to make it into the shape of an owl, frog or bear
- task cards
- sequencing cards with sentences and paragraphs