Retelling of The Tiny Seed

Step 3 - Instruction

Opening to Lesson

  • To introduce the sequencing lesson and gain students' attention, the teacher can tell a silly "out-of-order" story about his/her day. For example : "This morning, I woke up and ate dinner. Then, I put my pajamas on and went to school. Next , I brushed my teeth played with my friends".
  • This can lead into a conversation about the importance of putting events in order.
  • Introduce the concept of sequencing.

Body of Lesson

  • Read the story "The Tiny Seed" by Eric Carle
  • Stop throughout the story to ask questions using Think-Pair-Share
    • What happens to the seed in autumn?
    • What carries the seed away?
    • What happens to the seed in winter?
    • What happens to the seed in the spring?
    • What does the seed need to grow?
    • What happens to the seed in the summer?
  • On the board or a large poster that already has the words first, second, next, then, and last written on it.  The words are ordered like a train.  There will be an arrow starting at first and pointing to last.
  • Use the pre-made story/picture cards to sequence the events in the story.
  • To check for understanding, you can intentionally place some cards in the incorrect place to see if students are following along.
  • You can use gestures and body language to help convey the words.
  • You can use slower speech with physical cues and clear articulation when approaching key topics.

Guided Practice

  • Students will be divided into 4 groups.
  • Each group will be given an event from the story to illustrate.  They will work together to delegate responsibilities and roles.
  • After the students illustrate their scene, we will gather together on the rug.
  • Students will put the events in order.
  • They will use a bold marker to add the words first, second, next, then, and last to each drawing.
  • As a class, we will go over their work, as we order the events  by using the sequencing words (first, second, next, then, last).

Independent Practice

  • Students will work independently to sequence the events from "The Tiny Seed".
  • Students can draw the sequence of events in the story or cut and paste. 
  • Students will be able to retell the story using their individual story boards.