Sequencing Activities for Kindergarten

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Math and reading sequencing activities are a fun and important part of the kindergarten classroom. Read on for examples of specific activities involving sequencing in these subjects.

Parts of the Story

You may choose any book that has a clear beginning and end to use as a read aloud. You will start by asking the students to name some activities that they do at the beginning of the day and the end of the day. Next, you will talk to the students about why the order of the story is important. You may use another story the students are familiar with as an example of what happened at the beginning and end. Show students how to predict what may happen in the new story by taking a look at the pictures on the first and last few pages. Read the story aloud to students and have a group discussion. Ask students to tell you two events that happened at the beginning and two events that happened at the end. You may draw these events in simple pictures on the board to help students follow along with a visual representation. To help your students with additional sequencing practice, take a look at's lesson outlining Story Sequencing, which provides more examples of games and activities that you can use in the classroom.

Identifying Events in Order

To help children understand the order of events in a story, choose a story to read aloud and then provide students with picture cards from the story that they must put in the correct order. The picture cards are usually the same pictures from the story, on a smaller scale, without the story text. The cards should be mixed up when given to students who will look through the pictures and line them up in the same order that they happened in the story. This can be done independently, in teams or groups or as a guided lesson with the teacher prompting each stage of the activity. For additional ideas on how you can use sequencing in your classroom, check out this lesson on Sequencing in Teaching and this lesson on Sequence of Events Activities and Games. These lessons will give you ideas on how to use sequencing in all of the content areas.

Cup and Object Counting Activity

You can use this as a one-on-one activity or a group activity. For each student, you will need 10 cups numbered 1-10 and about 50 small objects such as cotton balls, counters or beans. Present the cups to students out of order. First, ask the children to place the cups in order from the smallest number to the largest number. Then, give the students the small objects to count. Explain to your students that they need to match the number of items to the number on the cup. For example, one cotton ball will go into the cup with the number 1. Have the students count out loud as they place their items in the cups. As the children empty their cups, you may have them check again to make sure they have the right number of items in each cup. You can show your students this video lesson on Putting Numbers in Order to help them get a better understanding of this mathematical concept.

Counting Ice Cream Scoops

Start by cutting out 5 ice cream cones from brown paper, for each student. You will also need to cut out about 15 small circles of varying colors using construction paper or something similar for each student. Have students glue their ice cream cones on paper and label them 1-5. You can write the numbers on the board in the correct order to help them out. Next, have students glue the correct amount of ice cream scoops to match the number on each cone. For example, cone number 4 will get 4 ice cream scoops. In this sequencing activity, students are using whole numbers. Reinforce their understanding of these types of numbers with this lesson on Whole Numbers.

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