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Sequencing activities develop a child’s ability to think logically. By retelling events in the order in which they occurred, kids can get a sense of processes, cause and effect, and other important building blocks of comprehension in literature and life.
Let’s consider three books with increasing levels of difficulty within sequencing.
Searching for the meaning of words through context clues helps students build their vocabularies and their logical thinking skills. Many books include vocabulary words with clues to what they might mean in the books’ illustrations, texts, or both.
Let’s look at three children’s books with different types of context clues.
We can ask some standard questions to spark discussions about author’s purpose. Why do you think the author wrote this? What is she/he trying to say? What lesson does the book teach? Is the book meant to inform, entertain, persuade or explain?
Let’s look at a three children’s books with an increasing levels of complexity within author’s purpose.
Little Rooster’s Diamond Button includes a fairly straightforward message about morality and determination.
Questions to ask: What lesson does the rooster learn? Does the author want the reader to learn the same lesson?