Grade: 2nd

Interest building activity

Hand out a worksheet divided into 8 boxes. Ask students to name some things they do in their day. Then write the phrases they come up with on the board, along with any of the following if they have not come up with them (make sure you write the activities out of order):
Brush teeth
Eat lunch
Go to school
Eat breakfast
Go to sleep
Wake up
Eat dinner
Get dressed
Ask students to take the sheet of paper and write the sentences in the order they happen in their day, one sentence in each box, and a picture drawn to describe each part.

Explain that this is called a sequence of events. Basically, it is several events placed in the order in which they occurred.

Lesson Development:

Read the story of The Little Red Hen to your students. Ask them to pay attention to the sequence of events as you read. After you are finished, hand out another sheet of paper divided into boxes. Then write the following events from the story on the board:

Little Red Hen:

Plants seeds

Eats bread

Threshes wheat

Bakes bread

Finds seeds

Kneads dough

Have students arrange these events in the story so that they are listed in the order in which they happen. Allow students to refer to the story if they need additional help sequencing. In each box, have them draw a picture of the sentence.


For homework, have students choose an activity that they do regularly, and have them write down at least 5 steps to that activity (examples: making a sandwich, getting a book from the library, building a model, etc.) They should cut out the steps so that each is listed on a seperate slip of paper. At school the next day, each student will trade with a partner and each will work on sequencing their partners steps into the correct order.

History Extension

This lesson is well suited towards a history extension activity. Choose a topic your class is currently learning about and write down several things that occurred within that topic, then have students place them in the correct order. For a fun extension, choose a variety of events throughout history and print out a paper with those events listed. Have students cut out the events and rearrange them based on order of occurrence. The student(s) who get them all right, or the most right, can win a prize.