Fortunately, sequencing is a concept that expands much further than strictly computer programming! I teach 1st grade, so every year we first explore sequencing with a literacy-base. When reading stories from the “If you give a ____ a _____” series (i.e. If you give a Mouse a Cookie), we frequently sequence the story together. The great thing about using this story for sequencing is that you can’t have one step happen without the previous thing happening (think: cause and effect). It’s the same way with programming (especially in those unplugged lessons) in the beginning. For example, in the unplugged lesson about planting a seed, you can’t put the seed in the dirt if you don’t put the dirt in first.
By starting out with a content area that’s a little less “risky” to those students who are a little hesitant with technology, they build confidence with this skill first. Once we bust out those computers and begin sequencing, we can refer back to our already-built foundation of sequencing outside of computers. For some students, you can literally see their shoulders lower from their ears and hear a sigh of relief as they relax into it and start having fun.
Other areas we link sequencing to are games such as mazes. Even if you have a paper and a pencil, in a maze, you have to follow directions to get from A to B. Most students have had exposure to mazes before, but I always have mazes on hand to use and help make the connection before sequencing arrows online for a character to move. This is a fun, relaxing way to get the kids engaged and start building connections!