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The Gunniwolf is a book full of events that get kids asking why and what. They note several events on a chart, and then discuss how they think the instructor is able to determine the causes and effects they find. They continue reading the story and choose one event to draw, they write a caption for their picture that explains what the cause and effect of the event is.
Give your class a strategy they can use when trying to identify cause and effect relationships in text. You'll model, and they'll practice using signal words to quickly identify cause and effect. They focus on signal words such as, if, the, because, and since. These words are used to make sentences that describe the cause and effect relationship found in any story or informational piece. 
Cause and effect relationships can be found in both fiction and non-fiction texts. As they read the book, The Planets by Gail Gibbons, learners keep an eye out for cause and effect relationships. They chart all of the causes and effects related to each major event in the book. Note: This activity would also work with any non-fiction text related to a historical event.
Fourth graders read the myth Why the Cat Purrs and point out the cause and effect relationships in the myth. In this cause and effect lesson plan, 4th graders write a short paragraph about why the cat purrs.
Demonstrate for young researchers how to use a cause and effect graphic organizer to assist in analyzing and organizing data. Included with the resource are detailed directions, a completed model, and a blank template. Adaptations, extensions, and links are also provided.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a perfect book to use when your class is ready to learn about cause and effect. They consider the meanings of the words cause and effect as you read the story. Working together you'll identify, discuss, and chart each cause and effect relationship encountered in the story. Tip: Try to introduce the idea of cause and effect by setting up and then knocking down a line of dominos. It is a concrete example kids will love discussing. 
Signal words are one way that authors make the relationships between their ideas clear. Allow your learners the chance to investigate cause and effect in texts by identifying signal words. They locate and analyze cause-and-effect relationships present in a nonfiction article after participating in guided practice where they work through several passages with the teacher. Materials are provided; however, you will need to create a free account to view them.
Do you have Inspiration software at your school? Use the tools in the program to create a cause and effect diagram that can be developed into a written report and presentation. Learners choose their own topics to research and have a template to guide their writing. If you do not have this software, you can still use the steps in this instructional activity to direct scholars as they research.
Third graders explore cause and effect relationships. In this reading comprehension lesson, 3rd graders read the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and discuss the cause and effect relationships in the book. Students use Photo Story 3 and create a foldable cookie booklet of the cause and effect relationships.
Students write using cause and effect statements, write with audience awareness, and evaluate the work of their peers.
Students explore cause and effect. In this reading comprehension lesson, students define and describe examples of "cause and "effect." Students listen to Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and contribute examples of cause and effect illustrated in the story to add to a cause and effect classroom chart.
Third graders describe cause and effect. In this implicit effects lesson students name the implicit effects in the story Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folk Tale by Ruby Dee. Students analyze the story to find details to support their findings.
Third grade readers are given clear learning goals with this Common Core checklist. By turning each reading standard into an I can statement, children can focus on mastering the required grade level skills.
Reading is an important part of fourth grade curriculum and the Common Core standards. Help your learners comprehend exactly what they are learning about reading with a checklist. Each of the standards is represented and simplified slightly.
Cause and effect relationships can be found in life and in literature. Enthusiastic readers will find and discuss all of the cause and effect relationships in the story, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The lesson plan is somewhat scant and includes several standards that may not be met without further development of the lesson plan overall.
Centered around the book Pink and Say, by Patricia Polacco, the lesson presented here should help your class tackle cause and effect. The teacher reads the first few pages aloud and models in a think-aloud style how to identify cause and effect. Pupils follow suit and practice as a class and then independently. Resources are provided, but require a free registration at to the hosting site.
Connect the Common Core ELA standards with history by employing a balanced literacy approach to reading.
Learners explore characters' decisions. They play a card game in which they match a decision card with a direct effect card. Then they examine characters from The Wizard of Oz, record important decisions that they make on index cards, and attach them to a cause and effect chart. They also discuss and record the effects of these decisions, then add them to the appropriate position on the chart. Example charts and worksheet are included.
Tenth graders examine how cause/effect essays must have a focus. Typically they emphasize causes or effects, or be limited to a manageable relationship between a specific cause and effect.
Students examine the structure of cause and effect essays before composing their own. In this writing instructional activity, students explore 'what if' statements,  possible 'effects'  and the result of their choice. After examination is complete, students compose their own cause and effect essays.

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