Task 6: Option 2 ( Programming and Algorithm)

Sequencing Jack and The Beanstalk

Year Level:  Year 1- Year 2

Curriculum Links: Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (ACTDIP004). Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (ACELT1580). Construct texts using software including word processing programs (ACELY1654)


Objective: Student will be able to retell a Jack and the Beanstalk in correct sequence, using Book Creator.


Material: Book Creator app, Ipads, items for lucky dip (elements from the story), Jack and the Beanstalk book.



  1. Brainstorm the word “sequence” with the students. Then, explain the word sequence (Sequence is the order in which things happen).
  2. Explain that stories also have sequencing. Authors need to know about sequence because they need to make sure the events of their stories make sense in order.
  3. Read Jack and the Beanstalk and have a class discussion about the story. Discuss how will the story be if the sequence of the story change. What would happen if Jack didn’t sell the cow for the bean but some money? Will the ending of the story change? Would Jack have met the Giant? Would Jack get the golden eggs?
  4. In groups, students create a timeline of the story by picking items from a fairy-tale lucky dip and placing them in order (These are cues for the retell). There will be some items that do not belong to the story. This part will challenge the children to think about the correct elements in the story.
  5. Once they have finalised the correct sequence of the story, students will retell “Jack and the Beanstalk in the correct sequence, using Book Creator. They will be given a choice to audio record their retell of their stories or use sentences for each item they have pick up. Based on the SAMR model, Book Creator app can be used in the Substitution phase ( instead of worksheet or picture sequencing) and Augmentation phase (students record an audio version of their text into the eBook).
  6. Finally, after reviewing the story with the teacher, students can publish their work and receive feedback from their peers.


Limitation: Students need to be explicitly taught how to you book creator in class. Prior to this lesson, the student should be given various opportunity to explore Book Creator.

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