Sequencing Activities for 2nd Grade

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Learning to follow step-by-step instructions and identifying the sequential order of events are necessary life skills. Help second graders understand and practice these concepts using the fun, interactive activities below.

Let's Build a Snowman

This activity can be done individually, in groups or as part of a writing center. Using construction paper, cut out all the components of a snowman, including large, medium and small white circles, a black hat, small black circles for buttons, brown stick arms and a carrot nose. Place the snowman pieces in a Ziploc baggie and attach a blank piece of notebook paper. To complete the activity, ask students to build the snowman, writing down each step as they do it. Remind them to use words like first, next, then, and last. You can also tie this activity into a lesson about snow.

Life Timeline

Send a note home with each student asking their parents to send in pictures of their child at different ages and completing different milestones (e.g., 1st birthday, crawling, riding a bike, etc.). Once everyone has gathered their pictures, ask them to put the pictures in the order they occurred. Remind students to look at their size and the events taking place in each photo to put them in the correct order. Then, ask them to write a paragraph describing the timeline of events from one picture to the next using key sequencing words (next, then, now, etc.). This video lesson on sequence of events can be used to give you additional activity ideas to teach your students about the significance of the order of events.

Daily Routine

Ask students to create a chart of each activity they do daily (e.g., brush teeth, get dressed, etc.) in sequential order. Once everyone completes their chart, discuss why things are done in a particular order. Ask students what would happen if certain tasks were done at different times (e.g., put shoes on first, then pants). Use this opportunity to discuss why some things must be done in a specific order, like following recipes or navigational directions. You can also check out this sequencing in teaching lesson on to review why sequencing is taught and how to use it in different subjects.

How-To Books

Have students complete this assignment at home where they will most likely have access to a camera. Instruct students to choose one of their favorite activities or hobbies and create a how-to picture book. Provide an instruction sheet they can refer to at home that instructs them to take a picture of each step they take during their chosen activity, then, once the photos are printed, create a book with the pictures in sequential order and instructions written under each one. They can bind their books using staples. Show students examples of how-to books so they understand that the pictures should illustrate each step of the directions.

Story Aloud

This activity can be done daily during story time to help students remember the order of events in a story. Read any story out loud to the class. Once you finish reading the story, ask students to describe the main events in the order they happened. You can use this main idea lesson plan or the story sequencing lesson on to get a better understanding of the purpose of story sequencing and to get some additional ideas for activities to use with your students.

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