Sequence in “Soaring Soren”
Students will be able to sequence events in a fiction story.
Common Core Standard
With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
A copy of “Soaring Soren” by Deborah Stevenson
Introduction and Teacher Modeling
- Display the Sequencing Example using a document camera or Smart Board. If you do not have access to these technologies, make a few copies and have students sit in groups to view it together.
- Explain to students that today they will be learning how to sequence a story. When you sequence a story, you put the events in order from beginning to end.
- Ask the students to look at the illustrations. Ask for volunteers to explain what is happening in each picture. Assist as needed to fill in detail.
- Once you have reviewed all illustrations, ask students which event they think happened first and place that illustration in the first box in the sequence chart. Complete this step with the other illustrations.
- Once all the illustrations are placed correctly, read through the statements that describe the illustrations and have students help you place each statement with the illustration it describes.
- Read through each part of the sequence and discuss why this sequence is correct.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling
- Introduce the story “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” by Deborah Stevenson.
- Complete a brief picture walk with the students by showing them some of the pictures and asking them to predict what they think the story might be about.
- Read the book to the students and be sure to stop to elaborate on important parts of the story. You should review the “Soaring Soren” sequencing practice sheet prior to the lesson and spend extra time on those sections of the story that students will be working with independently.
- Once you have finished the story, ask students to tell you what the story was about.
Independent Working Time
- Assign each student a partner or allow them to choose their own partner.
- Give each partner group a copy of the “Soaring Soren” sequencing practice sheet.
- Read through each of the description sentences as a class and instruct them to work together to place them in the correct sequence from beginning to end.
- Provide support for those that need help reading the description sentences during independent working time.
- Encourage students to cut out the descriptions and place them in order. They should be checked by a teacher before students glue them down.
- Once they have been glued in the correct order, students can draw a picture that describes each sentence.
Review and Closing
- To close this lesson, ask students why it is important to be able to order events in a story.
- Encourage them to share their favorite part of the story. You may also invite students to share a time that something was difficult for them but they were successful.
*Note: This lesson would be best suited for advanced kindergarteners or to be utilized toward the end of the school year.
You can find other great resources for “Soaring Soren: When French Bulldogs Fly” at http://www.frogprincebooks.net/.
Additional standards based lesson plans, hands-on activities and professional development can be found on the AKC® Educator Resources page found here: http://www.akc.org/public-education/educator-resources/.