Sequencing {FREEBIE}

Sequencing is often overlooked, but it is a vital life skill for students to master. The world around us is frequently in sequential or serial order. For example, the alphabet, counting, cooking & following a recipe, being able to convey something that happened, recalling facts from a text, etc.  Sequencing is important to teach if it isn't a skill naturally picked up by a kiddo. 

One of the most functional ways to start working on this skill is to begin with activities in the student's personal day. I've created this freebie to get you started. 

There are enough pictures included to allow you to customize for your kiddo's particular life. If you are working with more than one child at a time, you could choose to stick to the activities that are similar  to most children. For example, eat breakfast, brush teeth, go to school, etc.

You can choose to work on this skill using colored or black and white pictures. I like to make a full color set for the classroom that I can use year after year. With students, I use the black and white pictures. After students have completed the sequencing task, you can target following verbal directions, labeling and practice answering questions.

Examples for furthering this sequencing activity:

Following verbal directions: With the completed sequencing strip in front of students, give verbal directions on how to color the pictures. For example, "Color the school red." or "Color the school red and the backpack green." You can work on one step or multiple step directions depending on the levels of your students. 

Labeling: Have students label the needed materials to complete the sequencing strip task (scissors, paper, glue, etc.). To practice labeling after finishing the sequencing task, have students point to the picture of the word you said (receptive labeling) or point to a picture and have the student label the picture or item (expressive labeling).

Answering Questions: After completing the sequencing task, practice answering questions by asking questions such as, "Which activity do you do in the morning?" You can also work on ordinal numbers by asking questions like, "Which activity came 4th?"

I hope you have discovered some new tips for sequencing and extending tasks to work on language development! Don't forget to grab your FREEBIE by clicking HERE.

1 comment

  1. Oh my goodness! I agree! Sequencing is so important. I do a lot of this with words and sentences in my first grade reading groups. But this year I will be doing more with pictures because I have some kiddos that will need that skill. Thanks for the post!
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