Teaching Sequence of Events: Activities and Games

Instructor: Derek Hughes
Teaching sequence of events is something that you will do many times in your career. The activities and games in this lesson will help make this concept more fun and interesting.

Sequence of Events

The concept of a sequence of events is an incredibly important reading comprehension skill that you will have to teach your students. As its name defines, the idea of a sequence of events suggests that in literature, there is importance to the order in which things happen. Most commonly, the concept relates to narrative stories.

It is essential that students understand a story's sequence of events and even how the concept applies to subject matter outside of literature and reading. Teaching this concept can get quite tedious, but using the activities and games described in this lesson will help both you and your students appreciate the benefits of sequence of events.

Classroom Skits

Classroom skits can be a fun way to introduce the concept of sequence of events to your students. In this activity, your class will be divided into several groups. Each group will be assigned one scene of a larger story that they will have to write lines for and perform. For example, if you have five groups in your class, you will have five total scenes that make up your class' skit.

After students have written lines, they will perform their scenes. However, each group will perform their scene out of order so that the sequence of events of the story is mixed up. After all of the scenes have been presented, students will be tasked with piecing together the story, placing the scenes in order so that the overarching story makes sense.

Doing this activity will help your students see sequence of events in a more tangible way. Instead of just reading a story and listing the sequence of events, your students can become part of the story and will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of scene order.

Comic Strip Puzzles

As the activity's name suggests, for this one, you will need blank comic strips for each of your students. Instruct each student to create a short comic that has an important event in each box. After they have written and drawn their comics, they are to then cut each box out so that the strip is no longer connected. Instead, they have a pile of individual comic squares. Students will then swap comic strips and attempt to piece the comic strip back together by using what they know about sequence of events. Have students try to use key words like first, next, then, and last while writing and piecing together the comics.

The finished comic puzzles can then be displayed in the classroom for everyone to see. To your students, creating comic strip puzzles will seem more like an art activity when they are actually engaging in higher-order thinking to synthesize information and create something new.

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