Story sequencing is an important skill that helps emerging readers develop comprehension. Sequencing also helps students develop problem-solving and organizational skills. In first grade we practiced sequencing using the story of Jonah and the Big Fish (The book of Jonah is traditionally read in synagogue on Yom Kippur).
The best part was that our students practiced their sequencing skills through Legos. After drawing and mapping out the scenes from the story they created sets with their favorite story-telling medium! Enjoy these Lego-highlights of the story:
Jonah boards a boat to sail for Tarshish. Suddenly there is a terrible storm. The sailors don’t know what to do.
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Jonah realizes that God is punishing the whole ship because of his mistake. He tells the sailors to throw him overboard.
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Jonah is swallowed by a Big Fish.
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Inside the belly of the fish, Jonah prays to God for 3 days and 3 nights.
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The Big Fish spits up Jonah onto the shore of Nineveh.
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Jonah warns the people of Nineveh to change their ways or face the consequences. The people of Nineveh take the warning to heart and stop their wicked behaviours. God forgives the people of Nineveh.
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Jonah is angry that God forgave them. “It’s not fair!” he cries
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Jonah is furious and leaves the city. He sits under a shady tree. He is grateful for the shade. Suddenly a worm comes and eats all of the leaves. Jonah is hot and angry again. God asks Jonah why he is more upset about the tree then he was for the 120,000 people of Nineveh.
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