Sequencing Activities for 3rd Grade

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Because sequencing is part of our everyday life, it is essential that students are provided opportunities to practice the applications of this skill. Use the activities below to help your 3rd graders enhance their sequencing skills and check out some useful teaching resources.

Sentence Scramble

Divide students into two teams. Have each team line up on either side of the whiteboard. Write a scrambled sentence in the middle of the board. Then, when you say 'go,' have the first student from each line run up to their side of the board and descramble the sentence. The first person to correct the sentence scores a point for their team. Write a new scrambled sentence for each round. Learn more about the application of sequencing in a classroom with this helpful Sequencing in Teaching video lesson on

Build a Story

Show students a picture of an action shot (e.g. a dog catching a ball, a person running across a finish line, etc.). Ask them to write a story about what is happening in the photo, what happened before it was taken, and what will happen after. Write key sequencing words on the board, such as first, then, next, and after so students have a visual reminder of what words to include in their story.

Pizza Party

Really capture your students' attention and reinforce the concept of sequencing by having a make-your-own pizza party. After cleaning their work surface, give each student a portion of pizza dough and single servings of sauce, cheese and other toppings (or you can line all the ingredients up on a counter and allow students to come up in small groups to create their pizzas). Tell them that they will be creating their own pizza recipe and they will need to write down each step of their pizza-making process. As the pizzas bake, discuss the order in which they added their toppings. Ask what would happen if they added sauce before rolling out the dough, put cheese on the dough before the sauce, or baked the dough before adding toppings. Get more ideas like this one with the lesson Teaching Sequence of Events: Activities and Games.

Seasonal Sequencing

Working in small groups or individually, give students the pages torn out of a monthly calendar so they have all 12 months and four strips of paper. Ask them to write the words, winter, spring, summer, and fall on the strips of paper and lay them across the top of their desks or floor. Next, have them put the months in the correct order and under the correct season. After they complete this task, you can discuss the defining traits of each season, referring to the chapter on Weather for Elementary School.

Story Sequencing

Choose any story that has a distinctive sequence of events, such as Paul Bunyan by Steve Kellogg. Read the story aloud to the class and ask students to take notes of the events as you read. After you finish reading the story, ask each student to write one event from the story on the whiteboard. Then, have students pair up in groups of two and work together to chart all the events in order on a timeline. After they complete their timelines, ask students to write a journal entry describing why it's important for readers to understand the order of events in a story. For additional story sequencing activities, check out this Story Sequencing lesson.

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