Sequencing Time and Events

Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Sequencing Time and Events

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use sequence words to describe the order of events in a story when speaking and writing.

Know Before You Start: Students should have knowledge of basic transitional phrases for sequencing events.


  • Have students write about what they did that morning before school. 

  • Have students share their narratives aloud. Discuss the sequential order of events and transition or signal words they used. 

  • Discuss as a class:

    • When do writers put events in sequential order?

    • How does ordering events help readers?


  • Have students create a comic explaining their morning routine using transitional words as they write.
  • Use this activity as a reinforcement for following routines and procedures at the beginning of the year or a refresher later in the school year.


  • Have students share their comic with a partner or the group.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs.

  • Provide sentence stems as needed.

  • Provide the opportunity to role play the comics.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

Suggested Story Starters: