Sequencing is a fun activity for young learners to do. Some of my favorite stories to use when teaching sequencing are the If You Take series. There are many books to choose from and I often read them all. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a favorite during the holiday season.
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If you Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff is about a mouse who wants to go to the movies. Of course, if you take him to the movies, he will ask you for some popcorn. The popcorn will lead him through a series of events that eventually circle back around to going to the movies.
This story is a great story for teaching sequencing because the events are obvious and easy for your learners. Sequencing stories is important for teaching comprehension because it teaches young learners how to organize information from a story.
Story Retell Crown
After we read the story we practice sequencing the events of the story. As a class, we sequence the events in a pocket chart. My students practice retelling the story with a partner. Finally, they make a story retell crown to take home for retelling.
My students absolutely love making this crown and sharing it with their friends and family.