Explanation of the activity:

There are three different rounds of sequencing to this activity. First, students will be given pictures of clocks to put into the correct sequential order. Then, they will be given scenarios of things that happened during a day when breakfast was eaten (Monday), and they will have to match the scenarios to the times on the clocks in which the scenario happened. Third, they will be given another set of scenarios to match to the clocks which depict a day in which breakfast was skipped (Tuesday).

The day in which breakfast was eaten will be much more positive than the day in which breakfast was skipped.

Preparation:

You will need index cards, clock pictures, scenarios, glue and scissors. Glue the pictures of the clocks to index cards. Glue the scenarios to index cards. On the other side of the cards, write whether that scenario took place on Monday and Tuesday.

Directions:

  1. Split the class up into teams of about 3-4 students.
  2. Give each team a stack of clock cards.
  3. Tell them to put the clocks in order by placing them in a timeline. Start with the earliest time of day at the bottom, then place the next time above it, and so on, so that the six cards are in order from bottom to top (or the earliest to the latest time) to form a timeline. *They can also make the timeline horizontal, if you prefer, with the earliest time to the left and the latest time to the right.
  4. Next, give them the stack of Monday cards.
  5. They are to read each scenario on the cards and place them next to the clock that corresponds to the time at which each scenario would logically take place.
  6. Once all six Monday cards are placed next to the clock which depicts the corresponding time, hand the team the Tuesday cards.
  7. Have them place these cards next to the clock which corresponds to the time at which each scenario would take place again. They should place the scenarios on the opposite side of the clocks on their timeline.
  8. Once the timeline is filled in, go through the correct sequential order for the clocks (Monday cards, Tuesday cards) and then Debrief.

Activity Debrief:

The following questions will help to summarize the activity:

  1. Which day, Monday or Tuesday, was a better day?

Monday was a better day.

  1. What happened first on Monday?

I woke up and ate breakfast.

  1. What happened first on Tuesday?

I woke up late and had to hurry to get to school on time.

  1. What were some bad things that happened to you on Tuesday?

I couldn’t concentrate in class; I got in a fight with my friend; I ate too much for lunch and got a stomachache; I couldn’t play outside because I felt sick; and, I didn’t know how to do my math homework because I had not paid attention in class earlier.

  1. How come these things did not happen on Monday?

I ate breakfast on Monday, so I started my day off right and avoided the things that happened to me on Tuesday.

  1. If you eat breakfast every morning, does that mean that you will always have a good day?

No, but it will start your day out right. You will be more alert and
better prepared to handle what comes at you during the day.

  1. What did you learn from this activity?

Eating breakfast will prepare you for the rest of the day. You will be able to concentrate in school, get along with your friends, and make better food choices the rest of the day.

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