Books for kindergartners please!
July 31, 2010 9:24 PM   Subscribe

Help my brother teach sequencing to Kindergarteners..

My brother is student teaching in a kindergarten class. The year just started and the students are Emergent Readers in their 5th week of school.
He's looking for books useful for teaching beginning sequencing lessons. He's looking for books that have distinct beginning, middle (1-3 things/events) and end.

So far he's using "Boomer Goes To School," "The Gingerbread Boy," and "Are You My Mother?" He edits out parts as events become too repetitive.

He is avoiding books where the sequential occurrences are of very similar situations, such as in "I Know An Old Lady," "Very Hungry Caterpillar," "The Carrot Seed," "The Napping House," etc.
posted by DuckGirl to Education (5 answers total)
Most fairytales have distinct beginnings, middles and ends as most are cautionary tales. Snow White, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, the Pied Piper, the Emperor;s New Clothes etc.

A Chair for my Mother is a classic beginning, middle end book - a family saves up money to buy a soft comfortable chair for a hard working mother, and presents it to her at the end.
posted by ladypants at 10:49 PM on July 31, 2010

There's a great book called The Apple Cake. It follows an old woman who really wants to make an apple cake but only has a basket of plums. She goes on a walk and starts making trades a la One Red Paperclip until she finally acquires apples. It's a very touching story and each person she meets is in need of something for totally different reasons: she cheers up very sad people, solves arguments and helps young lovers.

And it comes with a recipe for apple cake.
posted by rouftop at 11:27 PM on July 31, 2010

One of my kids' favorites was "That's Mine, Horace!" about a boy who finds a toy truck in the playground and keeps it even though he knows it belongs to another boy. I always chose to bring that one on my kindergarten "secret reader" day -- kids that age get very engaged in little Horace's dilemma.
posted by wisekaren at 6:58 AM on August 1, 2010

There are an overwhelming amount of lesson plan sites for teachers, but one of my go-to's is:, which is co-sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Type in "sequencing, kindergarteners" and he's going to get some very cool lessons.

Also, school librarians (they're called media development and all sorts of other names now but to me, they'll always be librarians) have never let me down.
posted by dzaz at 7:26 AM on August 1, 2010

This strikes me as ELA-centric. It might be nice to teach the idea from a different perspective, like problem solving. For example, by building a tower with big blocks, medium blocks, and small blocks. I guess what I'm getting at is that stories are great but they're also passive. Making the lesson active might reach more students.
posted by ifandonlyif at 10:12 AM on August 1, 2010 [1 favorite]

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