This is a story sequencing activity based on the Ladybird Tales version of the Princess and the Frog. The Ladybird tales version is told by Vera Southgate. The activity is primarily a reading lesson and is great for the Year 2 objectives;
-discussing the sequence of events in books and how items of information are related
-becoming increasingly familiar with and retelling a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales.
The story sequencing strips include text and pictures, so a great for a range of learners.
The task is differentiated by reading and by number of sequence strips. The HA task has the most reading, with the MA being a reduced version of the HA, and the LA has simplified sentences and a few of the strips removed. For each version the story is split into beginning, middle and end, with each section being on a new page, apart from the LA, where the beginning and the middle are on the same page. The strips tell the story but are jumbled up. This is to save the teacher time as the children will cut out the strips themselves. You could of course cut them out in advance but I find this to be very time consuming so once I’ve taught children how to sequence I let them cut out for themselves.
To teach this lesson I first read the book then had a short discussion with the class. I then sat the children in their reading groups and allowed them to work in pairs to sequence the events in the story. You could give them all three sheets at once or have everyone do the beginning before moving on the middle and the the end together. As an extension task for early finishers you could put some of the text into a cloze activity and see if the children can fill in missing words and/or phrases. Within the text itself I made sure to include plenty of Common Exception words as well as words which follow the spelling rules taught at Year 2. This could however also be used with Y1, perhaps leaving the HA version out.