Clip the strips from a cartoon that focuses on the same topic for several days. Be sure to make a copy of the strips for an answer key. Cut the panels apart in each strip so that you have a pile of panels. Glue these on index cards or cardstock and randomly number each one. Then laminate them for durability. Be sure to put the correct numbers under each panel on the copy you made for an answer key.
Give the cards to a group of students and have them put them in the correct sequence. Be sure to point out that students will want to look for clues such as time of day, transitional words, and cause and effect to sequence the cards. You can easily check the sequencing at a glance with your answer key.
You could make several copies of the same cartoon so you could have one for each group. However, I think it is more interesting to have a different set for each group. You can set up a rotation pattern so that each group can work with every set of cartoons. It will take time to collect enough strips from the newspaper. If you are in a hurry, you could buy a few cartoon books such as Calvin and Hobbes--my personal favorite.
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