S.O.S: Scrambled Please

Welcome to week 15 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Scrambled Please
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Most teachers, at some point in their teaching, have helped their students learn the important skill of sequencing. From class schedules, to steps of the scientific process, incorporating and modeling sequencing helps students learn to organize information.  According to TeacherVision, “Finding meaning in a text depends on the ability to understand and place the details, the sequence of events…. As students listen to or read text, they are best served if they can understand the information as it is presented and then recall it at a later point… Sequencing activities also provide an opportunity for students to examine text and story structure, which, in turn, strengthens their writing skills.”


  • Print the reading passage “All Charged Up” and white out the last paragraphs.
  • Using your own reading strategies, read through the beginning of the passage.
  • When you reach the 5th paragraph, explain that you have not shown the rest of the reading passage, because you will be serving it to them scramble style
  • Display the following 4 chunks:
    • You get zapped.  That is electricity.  Talk about being all charged up!
    • That was electricity.  Electricity can jump from one object to another
    • Have you ever been shocked by touching something mdade of metal, such as a doorknob?
    • As you walk across a rug, electrons move from the rug to you.  When you touch something metal, the electrons jump from you to the metal.
  • Have students work independently or with a partner to place sentences in the correct order.
  • When they are complete, have students identify the topic sentence.

Select a reading passage and scramble the last one or more paragraphs.

Have students find a reading passage about the same topic and scramble paragraphs for each other.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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  1. Shelly Harrington said:

    We can also teach paragraph organization or the use of transitions by mixing up sentences in a paragraph or phrases within a complex sentence.

  2. Sheila Bean said:

    We can also use this strategy in math with algorithms and order of operations. We can write each individual step on a sheet and students work with a partner to place steps in the correct order.

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