Lessons & Units

Sequence 1st Grade Unit


Lesson 1 Sequence Clue Words (Part 1) Use sequence clue words (first, second, third, next, after, finally, then) to show the correct order of events in fiction.
Lesson 2 Sequence Clue Words (Part 2) Use sequence clue words (morning, afternoon, late afternoon, night, and months) to show the correct order of events in fiction.
Lesson 3 Retell a Story with Sequence Clue Words Use sequence words (first, second, third, next, after, finally, then, morning, afternoon, late afternoon) to retell a story.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Students can act out events from a story in sequence. Place students into groups of three. Have each student act out the beginning, middle, or end of the story using sequence clue words.
  • Students can discuss sequence in procedural texts, such as recipes, “How-To” books, and directions. Copy simple recipes or directions and have students highlight the sequence words in the text.
  • Students could sequence lines of text from a familiar story. Write the lines of text on sentence strips, and have students place the sentences in sequence. Use the lines to retell the story as a class.
  • Have students work with a partner to verbally retell a story in sequence using clue words. Each pair of students can retell a different familiar story.
  • Students can include sequence words in their own writing. Have students keep a list of sequence words in their journals or writing folders.
  • Have students review stories that they wrote and underline sequence clue words. They can add these words to their lists.
  • Students can write and/or illustrate their own “How-To” books using sequence clue words. Examples can include brushing teeth, making a sandwich, or mailing a letter.
  • The teacher can also demonstrate a procedure such as a simple recipe. After the demonstration, students can complete a graphic organizer explaining the sequence. (See Additional Activity A Chart in Teacher and Student Materials below.)
  • In social studies you can use sequence clue words to put the events in the life of a person you are studying in order.

More Books for Teaching Sequence

The Secret Shortcut
Jason's Bus Ride
Today is Monday
From  Seed to Plant
The Giant Carrot

User Comments

The stories are wonderful. They helped me teach easily sequencing events to first graders.

This is an amazing resource.