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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Harry the Dirty Dog (Sequencing Skill)

Content Objective
Students will demonstrate an understanding of sequence of events.
Language Objective
Students will use sequential language – first, next, then, last – and specific vocabulary (e.g. scrubbing brush, gave a bath) to retell the story.


watching online video of actor Betty White reading the story, “Harry the Dirty Dog” at

(Guided Practice-whole group activity)

ü  a set of 4 pictures & 4 sentence strips enlarged

ü      Have students place pictures in sequential order.
ü      Have students read each sentence together
(because some of the words might be hard for 1st grade ELLs to read)

(Independent Practice–pair work)
ü                  A set of 4 sentence strips & 4 pictures in a zip bag
ü                  Graphic Organizer
ü                  Popsicle sticks that say “I’m a teacher!”



ü                  Give a pair of students a graphic organizer and 4 sentence strips & four pictures.
ü                  Have them collaborate to place pictures in sequential order.
ü                  Have one student play a teacher; the other, a student.
             T: “A person who gets a teacher stick will be a teacher.”
                 “Teachers are going to take out a piece of sentence strip out of the bag & ask your partner:”What does it say?”  “If your partner has trouble reading the sentence, you will help your partner read it.”
                 “Then, you are going to ask another question:”Where does it go?”
ü                  Have them collaborate to place sentence strips in sequential order
(Teacher will monitor if students are working together.)

üCheck the order of the sentences in a whole group before students glue their sentences on the graphic organizer.

ü       Have each student retell the story looking at those four pictures on the board.
(Lead him/her to use sequential words, First, Next, Then, and Last.)
While a student is retelling, other students are listening to him/her in order to evaluate his/her story using a speaking rubric.

(Interactive Writing)


  1. Wow! This is fantastic. I'm always impressed by teachers that share their efforts. I know this took a lot of work to create. Thank you for sharing with other educators!

    1. I'm glad that you found it useful~! Since I'm enjoying a lot of free materials that teachers post online, I thought I would share what I made
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  2. Nice work! Thanks for sharing this useful information :) i have been looking for some new ways for teaching my students and these are geat resources!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I'm going to update more materials soon. Stay in tuned :):)
      Let me know if you need more detailed lesson plans or find trouble downloading worksheets, I can send them to you electronically.

  3. Thanks for sharing some of your great ideas!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. It's my pleasure to see other teachers find my blog useful. Yes, I do love using a lot of illustration and technology for my young ELLs.

  5. ESOL teachers usually have to make up their own worksheet, adding illustrations to aid in understanding the content. Thanks for sharing your work. I know you put a lot of thoughts and time in to doing this, and it's great that you are sharing for the benefit of all of ESOL teachers out there!

    1. I have been using a lot of great free ideas and resources made by other teachers. Therefore, I'm more than happy if others can find what I made useful. Thank you so much for your comment.

  6. Hi Min-Ah! It's YN unni.
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    1. Thank you so much~! I'm going to upload more materials....stay tuned:)

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  8. Thank you so much for your comment :) To me, there is not greater compliment than to have my work passed on to other teachers.