Jonah and the Whale Sequencing Activity

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Whether you teach Sunday School or Bible lessons in your homeschool, you’ll love this Jonah and the Whale sequencing activity.

It’s a great way to help your kids work on comprehension skills and sequencing events in the order they happen.

This free Bible activity for kids is perfect for homeschool, Sunday school, or classroom use.

These free printables will help little ones practice ordering the sequence of events while building reading comprehension skills.

Jonah and the Whale Sequencing Activity

Kids love the story of Jonah and the whale. They’re fascinated by the idea of being swallowed by a whale and spit out on shore.

They quickly grasp the concept of obedience when you share this story with them.

If you don’t have a simple copy of the story on hand, you can show your kids this video retelling of the story:

Preparing the Activity

There are two versions of this sequencing activity. One is a color version, and the other is black and white.

Print one copy of the sequencing mats and the retelling page for each student. Print one copy of the sequencing discs for every two students.

I like to print the color version on cardstock and laminate the pages for durability. I cut out the sequencing discs and put a velcro dot on the back of each one. I put the other half of the velcro dot on each circle on the sequencing mat.

If using the black and white version, I print on regular printer paper. The kids can color the pictures and cut/paste them onto the sequencing mat.


You can use the laminated version of this Jonah and the Whale sequencing pack in your literacy centers or as an individual activity.

The cut/paste version can be used as seat work. Kids can sequence the story as you read it aloud or share the video above.

When complete, have children retell the story aloud to a friend or family member. This is a great way to assess their comprehension skills.

Finally, older students can retell the story on the writing page. This page has a section for first, then, and finally.


Picture books are a great way to introduce young children to Biblical stories. The story of Jonah and the Whale is a popular one that has been retold in many different ways.

Here are some picture book versions of the story that your child is sure to enjoy.

Jonah and the WhaleZonderkidz 16767X The Beginners Bible-Jonahs Big Fish AdventureThe Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale


Jonah and the Whale – Enjoy this traditional retelling of the classic Biblical story about Jonah and the Whale with beautiful illustrations!

Jonah’s Big Fish Adventure – Uh-oh! Jonah didn’t listen to God, and now he’s in the belly of a big fish! What will happen to Jonah next?

The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale – The story of Jonah is full of ingredients that children love: a dangerous mission; a man on the run; danger at sea; an incredible whale rescue; and a grand finale about forgiveness.

Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:

This wooden Jonah in the Whale 4 piece shaped puzzle exercises manipulative skills and helps children remember the Jonah bible story.

Set up a Bible-themed sensory bin with these Jonah and the Whale story kit pieces including a peg doll, playdough, fish net, and more.
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