Activity Plan 4-5: Sequencing Our Day
Math skills and more are developed with this creative activity.
- Grades: PreK–K
- camera and film
- oaktag or poster board
- clear contact paper
- sealable plastic bags
- small plastic basket
Objective: Children will develop math, language, and cooperative-learning skills as they work together to document the sequence of a typical school day.
- Take pictures of children while they are working in the different classroom areas. Photograph them as they are engaging in their initial discussions or planning times, choosing materials, working with those materials, displaying their finished work or accomplishments, and, finally, cleaning up materials. Mount the individual photos onto oaktag and cover with clear contact paper.
- Invite a few children to sort the pictures into piles according to learning area and place each group into sealable plastic bags. Make picture labels for each bag. Introduce the activity during small-group time by showing children one picture group at a time. Ask them to place all the photographs on the table and work together to sequence them. Ask them: "Which picture shows the beginning of the activity? What picture shows what you do after that?"
- After they have had an opportunity to work together to understand the concept, provide each of the children with a plastic bag to sequence by herself. Encourage every child to describe the sequence of her photographs when she has finished.
- Put the photo sequencing bags in a small basket and place in the math area for children to use again. Later, they can also use the photographs to make nonfiction books about each classroom area. Books can then be placed into each of the areas.
Curriculum Connection: LITERACY
Story Sequencing. Read a familiar book to a small group of children. Ask them to describe the beginning, middle, and end of the story. The following day, choose another familiar book. Before reading the book, write three separate sentences on strips of paper describing the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Mix up the sentences so they are not in sequential order. Read the book to the group and ask them to place the sentences in the correct sequence.