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Simple Sequencing

Sharon Ussery
Hardee County Schools


Students will be moving to the music to find their sequencing partners in this stand up version of musical chairs. Students will organize a series of three pictures and as a group write sentences that will describe their pictures.


The student knows basic patterns, sequences, and cycles occurring in nature.


-Educational book that has sequencing pictures in it or you may get pictures from the Internet. I use [Sequencing] by Joy Evans, publisher Evan-Moor
-Sequencing page which will be used as the assessement test (see associated file)
-Any type of music to play
-Record player or CD player
-Crayons-1 pack per group
-Student journals


1. Duplicate enough of the sequencing cards for each student to have one card. There are three cards per sequence. So if you have a class of 21 students you will need 7 different sequencing cards. For example: plants growing, sun rising, baking a cake, etc.
2. Make sure you have some type of music that you can play when the students are trading their sequencing cards.
3. Have pictures to show examples of sequencing. For example: a plant growing. This can be collected from books or the Internet.


1. Introduce to the students pictures of a plant and the different cycles or sequences that it goes through when it is growing. Use the words sequence and cycle. These pictures can be found in the book listed in the materials section or you may find your own.

2. As a class discuss these pictures in the correct cycle or sequence and then write as a group a sentence about each picture.

3. Explain to the students that they are going to be given a trading card to sequence with two other students. Cards will show a plant's cycle from seed to mature plant.

4. Cut apart the sequencing cards that are in the sequencing book (listed in the materials section) or you may use a similar book of your own.

5. Hand out one trading card to each student.

6. Tell them that there will be music playing and before they can find their partners they have to trade their cards with at least three people(Teacher note: I do this because they have already looked at the cards and found their partners. This way they have to think longer.) Once the music has stopped they will walk around the room without talking and find their partners.

7. After they have found the two other students that match their sequence they are to put themselves in order of the cycle and move to the side of the room.

8. Students that have done this correctly will go to a section of the room where the teacher will quickly assess them as correct or need to reorder. When all groups are correctly sequenced, ask students to return to their seats by sitting in their groups. Review with students what they have learned. Reinforce using the words, cycle and sequence.

9. Distribute one copy of the attached worksheet to each group of three students.

10. Each student will take a few minutes to color his own picture.

11. Explain to the students that they are to glue their cards in order on the sequencing sheet provided.

12. Each student will take turns writing a sentence or two about his trading card next to his picture.

13. Allow student groups to share their sequencing sheets with each other.

14. Ask students to write a journal entry describing the activity using the words cycle and sequence correctly. Circulate and offer feedback and assistance as students write.


Assessment for this lesson will be that 80% of the students will correctly organize (sequence) their group's pictures using the worksheet in the associated file. Individual assessment includes a journal entry from each student asking them to summarize what they learned from the activity. Entries should say that plants follow a sequence or cycle as they grow from seeds to mature plants with blooms or seeds of their own. Assess journal writing on the content, not the conventions.

Web Links

This site provides information and pictures that can be duplicated to make the cards.
The Great Plant Escape

This site provides pictures that can be used for the trading cards as well as information.
Life Cycle of a Bean Plant

Attached Files

Assessment for Simple Sequencing     File Extension: pdf

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