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There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark Sequencing Activity

Book activities are a great way to get kids excited about reading! And what could be more fun than this There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark Sequencing Activity?

In this activity, they will connect the pictures in the story in sequential order using picture cards and plastic links.

As they do, your young learners will work on developing their fine motor skills and work on understanding the order of the story.

Fine Motor Activity

Book activities like this one are a great way to not only encourage a love of reading but also build comprehension skills.

Your children will work on recalling the order of the story and retelling it by putting the characters in sequential order.

Getting Ready to Use the Ocean Sequencing Activity:

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What’s Included:

  • 8 Story Sequencing Cards

What Else Is Needed:

To get this comprehension activity for your young learners, click on the button below and fill out the form.

Next, download and print the cards on white card stock. Then, laminate the cards so your kids can reuse this activity.

After laminating, cut the cards apart. Finally, punch holes on all of the black dots.

Comprehension Activity

You can store the cards and plastic links in a pencil box or pouch for a fun literacy activity that is easy to set up or take on the go. 

How to Use the Shark Sequencing Cards:

After reading the book There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark by Lucille Colando, your kids can put the ocean animals that the old mermaid swallowed in order.

For help, they can go back through the book and look at the pictures to recall the items.

Reading Activities

First, your young learners will start with the old mermaid and connect all of the pictures in sequential order using plastic links. 

The first thing that the old mermaid swallowed in this story is a shark, so they will connect the picture of the old mermaid and shark together.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shark

Next, the old mermaid swallowed a squid, so your kids would connect the shark and squid pictures together.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shark Activity

They will continue attaching the pictures in sequential order until all of them are connected.

There Was an Old Lady Activity

This There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark Sequencing Activity is a fun way to retell a story and develop their fine motor skills.

More Ocean Activities for Kids:

To extend this ocean-themed activity, you can pair it with these picture books and other educational resources.

Ocean Books for Kids:

Read these fiction and non-fiction books to your young learners to teach them all about the deep blue sea.

The Fascinating Ocean Book for Kids: 500 Incredible Facts! by Bethanie Hestermann 

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Where the Ocean Meets the Sand by Beth Costanzo

Ocean Activities for Kids:

With these ocean-themed activities, your young learners can work on letter recognition, fine motor skills, and more.

Ocean Letter Find Activity

World Ocean Day Cutting Practice from 3 Boys and a Dog

Shark Letter Recognition Activity

Ocean Animal Sensory Bin from STEAM Ideas for Kids

Shark Alphabet Sensory Bin

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