What Comes First?

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 11275

Have you ever seen a caboose pull a train with the engine in the back? That would be silly! Putting the end of a story in the middle is silly too! Learn about Sequence of Events so you can write well!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What comes first, eating a sandwich or making a sandwich?

If you said you must make the sandwich before you eat it, you are correct!

You would have no sandwich to eat if you (or someone) did not make it first. Putting things in the correct order, like making a sandwich before eating it, is called sequencing.

All stories you read have a sequence: the beginning, the middle, and the end. A story would not make sense if you told it in the wrong order. It would just be silly!

Listen to these students teach you what they know about sequencing events in this Reading Comprehension Strategies: SEQUENCE OF EVENTS video by anovellife. As you are watching the video, pay close attention to the words they use to let you know they are talking about the next event happening. When you finish the video, you or your parent or teacher should write down the words you remember:


Some of the words you may have written down are:

  • first
  • next
  • and then
  • in the end
  • one day

These words let the reader know the order of events and are called transition words.

There are many more transition words; for example:

  • second
  • third
  • after
  • at last
  • before
  • finally
  • later

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