Sequencing Sort Writing Center

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Do your students struggle with sequencing? Often times, students are asked to read a paragraph or short story and sequence a set of pictures based on what they've read. This only allows for one correct answer and can cause frustration to those students who always seem to get one picture out of order. In pairing sequencing with writing, students are given more opportunities for success! Students get to decide the order they think makes the most logical sense. As long as students can explain the order they chose in a way that makes sense their answer is correct (even if their order is different from a classmate's order).

For example, on picture set A (baking a pie), most students will put the ingredients first, the oven second and the pie last and explain that, "first you mix the ingredients, next you put the pie in the oven to bake and last you take the pie out and eat it". However, some students may put the oven first, then the ingredients, and the pie last. If in their explanation they write, “first you preheat the oven, next you mix the ingredients and last you bake the pie” this would also be an acceptable answer. On picture set I (building an ice cream cone), students may explain, "first I get out an ice cream cone, next I scoop the ice cream" or vice versa. As you can see there can be multiple correct answers. Students are also challenged to explain their thinking while working on improving their writing skills!

Use this center as a fun review for students. Students order the picture card sets in sequential order: first, next and last and then write a sentence describing each picture on the wipe off mat. Use a 9"x12" manila envelope with a clasp to store the center. This center comes with 26 picture card sets and 4 blank sets. There is also an optional recording page if you want to grade student responses.

Grade Levels: K-3      File Type: PDF (Acrobat) Document File

Common Core Standards: RL.1.2

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