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Lesson Plans
What’s Next? Sequencing Story
1st–2nd Grade
Objectives Objectives

Reading Literature
  • Retelling stories and demonstrating understanding of the central message or lesson
  • Describing characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details
  • Understanding and identifying sequence words (e.g., “first,” “next,” “then,” “finally”)
Materials Materials Needed

Make a copy of the Lost in the Fog booklet reproducible, sequencing mat, picture cards and sentence cards for each student. Follow the directions to assemble each booklet.



Give each student a booklet and ask students to follow along as you read the story aloud. Explain that authors use words like “first,” “next,” “then” and “finally” to help readers follow the order of events in a story. Challenge students to listen for these words as you read aloud.

Procedure Procedure

  1. Read the story aloud.
  2. Ask students if they noticed any sequence words in the story. Invite volunteers to point out these words and where they were used.
  3. Encourage students to circle or underline the sequence words in their books. Remind students that each sequence word introduces the next event in the story, so the words can help them put the events in the right order.

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the Lost in the Fog sequencing mat, picture cards and sentence cards. Have students cut apart the cards.
  2. Instruct students to glue the picture cards in the correct order across the top row of the mat. Tell them to glue the corresponding sentence card beneath each picture card. (You may want to go over the picture and sentence cards with students before they begin.)
  3. As students work independently, encourage them to look back at the story for clues to help them place the cards in the correct order. Tell them to ask themselves questions like “What happened first?” and “Does the sentence match what is happening in the picture?”
  4. Once students have finished sequencing, invite them to discuss their answers and explain the strategies they used to check their answers.

View the 1st–2nd Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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