Lessons & Units

Sequence 2nd Grade Unit


Lesson 2 Summarize Important Events Summarize the important events of a story in sequence.
Lesson 3 Flashback Sequence Identify the sequence of events in a story with a flashback.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Students can use one of the Sequence of Events Graphic Organizers to sequence important events in stories (see Additional Activities: Charts A, B, and C in Teacher and Student Materials below).
  • Discuss why authors may choose to write a story with events out of sequence.
  • Students can act out events from a story in sequence.
  • Students can use the Sequence Chart to sequence important events from another book that has a flashback. (See Additional Activity Chart C.)
  • After a read aloud session, have students write the important events of the story on separate strips of paper. They can glue the strips of paper together in sequence order to form a paper story chain. Students can also create a chain for a story with a flashback. Have students glue the strips together in the order that the events really happened.
  • Students can try to include a flashback in one of their own stories. Have them share their story and explain why they included that flashback. Discuss what it had to do with the present.
  • Students can write directions to play a favorite game with each step in sequence.
  • Students can summarize, in writing, a story from a read aloud session or a story they have read independently. Remind students to include the most important events.
  • After reading a story that includes a flashback aloud, work as a class to rewrite the story in the order that the events really happened. Students can also work independently to rewrite the story.
  • Students can create a timeline of their own lives or classroom events. Then, students can retell their lives or events in order aloud.

More Books for Teaching Sequence

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
Miss Rumphius
How a Book is Made
Last Day Blues

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Thanks for the book list to teach sequencing. Do you have any Biography titles that emphasizes sequencing?

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