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