69Brain-Based Learning Activities Intended Ages three years and older Brain Connections sequencing, receptive and expressive language, predicting Materials Needed • different pictures of a story mounted on heavy card stock Sequencing is a skill needed for reading as well as math and science. Children need to get the hang of what comes first, what comes in the middle, and what comes last. A fun way to prac- tice this skill is to let children construct their own stories by putting the pages of the story together. Create pages with pictures on them showing a stage of a story. For example, for the story of “The Three Little Pigs,” you might have pictures of pigs building houses, a wolf blowing down two of the houses, and two pigs running to the third pig’s house. Place the pictures on a table and let the children take turns putting the pages in the order of the story. Extension Activities You can use storyboards of traditional stories, but you can also make up your own stories that can have different endings based on how the children place the cards in order. Multisensory Explorations The cards can be made with textured paper, cloth, or scents. To allow children to self-correct, you could number the cards on the back to allow the children to check if they got it right. Diversity Adaptations Use stories with characters from different cul- tures. Use pictures of real people, and try to avoid stereotypes. What Came First? L A N G U A G E BBEL_final_interior.indd 69 2/16/10 3:46 PM