WHAT COMES FIRST?
As we all know full well, sequencing is such a big part of everyday life especially in school where we start putting events in order in kindergarten with things like, " Boys and girls please make sure you put on your boots before you head outside," or " Girls and boys please make sure they are YOUR boots and not someone else's, before you head outside."
The game WHAT COMES FIRST works at any grade level.
I've used these simple pairings in some upper elementary classes as well. It's not all that surprising that even older students have to strain to think which letter precedes or follows another in the alphabet when there is no visual and you only have three seconds to answer.
In this sample of the activity, I have provided four separate games, each containing 25 pairs of words or phrases to order.
The object of the game is to make it all the way through the list of twenty-five pairings without making a mistake and before the 3 second ( or other designated time limit) is up.
We'd often do this activity during those dreaded, "Oh God I have 5 minutes left what will I do now?" times that may occur. Most loved the sheer challenge of this activity...
I rarely had someone who would not raise their hand to try (once they became familiar with the game.) I only used this game on a volunteer basis as even those listening, gained benefit from it. It was designed to celebrate volunteering to speak aloud in class and class co-operation as much as it was to celebrate general knowledge and speed of response.
Students didn't mind making a mistake because so many of others often did, before actually making it through one of the sheets meeting the 3 second ( or whatever appropriate time line) for thinking they were allotted.
When someone finally managed to make it through the sheet without a mistake it was a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Sometimes their classmates would literally cheer.
Having a funky sound of some kind to use when someone makes a mistake and another for times when someone successfully made it through is all the more enjoyable...buzzer, cow bell, bike horn, raspberry, whatever.
Re-order the way you ask the pairs every once in a while to make it fair for both the people who try the sheet first and those who try it after having heard it a few times already.
It's very important to have the answers highlighted on the sheet, so that YOU don't have to re-think the order yourself as you are calling out the pairs and allowing the student to continue or giving them the signal that they made a mistake and will have to try again later.