Sequencing Snowpeople Lesson Plan: Teaching First, Next, and Last
Submitted by: Mrs. Anne Potteiger, Teacher
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-5, students use BrainPOP Jr. and/or BrainPOP resources to explore sequencing vocabulary (i.e. first, last, next, then, finally, and after that.) Students will work in groups to design a multi-step “snowperson” and write a paragraph sequencing the steps taken to create their snowperson.
- Define sequencing vocabulary (i.e. first, last, next, then, finally, after that)
- Work in groups to design a multi-step "snowperson"
- Write a paragraph sequencing the steps taken to create their groups' "snowperson"
- Access to BrainPOP
- Interactive Whiteboard
- Construction paper
- Googley eyes
- Lined writing paper
Preparation:Choose which of the BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. movies you would like to use for this lesson: Writing in Sequence for grades 3+, and/or Sequence and How-To Essay for grades K-3. Get the craft materials organized and easily accessible. Divide students into groups.
- Discuss sequencing words and make a chart on paper or an interactive board to review. If using a BrainPOP Jr. movie, the Word Wall is a great tool for interactive vocabulary practice before and after the movie.
- Watch the movie and pause to discuss throughout.
- Go back to the chart, and add any words that were reviewed in the movie.
- Explain that students will be working in groups to build a snowperson (which is similar to how Tim and Moby built their airplane in the 'Writing in Sequence' movie.) Have them write directions using sequencing words.
- Explain how groups should think about their snowperson's personality and design them to represent those characteristics (this helps make every groups' snowperson look different.)
- Put students in groups of 2-3. Students can be assigned tasks to do in their group (writer, craft retriever, snowperson assembler, etc.) Have students work together to create a snowperson and write about the procedure they used.
- When students finish the assignment, they may take turns exploring the BrainPOP resources associated with the movie topic.
- Have students share their snowpeople and read their paragraphs to the class.
- Publish by displaying in hallway, classroom, or on a class website/blog.
- Use the additional fun, interactive features to reinforce the concept of sequencing over the next few days.