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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.
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 is somewhat scant and includes several standards that may not be met without further development of the lesson 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.
Why are bees disappearing? Explore cause and effect relationships with this interesting question. As the detailed lesson plan indicates, start by brainstorming some of the possible effects the disappearance of bees would have on the United States. Then watch the video entitled "Colony Collapse Disorder," and have viewers record their thoughts in the graphic organizer (both are provided). After sharing their thoughts with the class, individuals will write an essay synthesizing the information they learned. 
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.
Understanding, analyzing, citing, linking—the four steps required by CC ELA Literacy Standard RH.11-12.1. Enjoy the humor of the explanations of these steps as you examine the suggestions for Common Core designed activities related to strengthening research skills. 
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. 
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 lesson plan to direct scholars as they research.
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.
Students write using cause and effect statements, write with audience awareness, and evaluate the work of their peers.
What makes someone cry? Little learners read the story,  Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story by Kate Klise to discover a bit about crying and a bit about cause and effect. They'll fill out a cause and effect chart while they discuss and read the book in small groups. Note: If your teaching Common Core be sure to double check the standards listed, the lesson may not meet them all to the fullest extent.   
Here is the second part in a series of lessons where your class will return to their discussion of human rights and study of the primary source document the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Before continuing to read, they will need to understand why and how this document was written. First, show and discuss a video from UNICEF to demonstrate the need for such a document. Then have groups construct a timeline of events leading up to its creation. As with other lessons from this module, the lesson fosters great higher-level thinking skill such as asking questions and evaluating cause and effect. 
Students explore cause and effect. For 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.
What are the causes and effects of pollutants on the quality of the air we breathe? Groups research emission standards, emission controls, career opportunities in the area of air quality control, and things government and individuals can do to ensure clean air. Part of a series of lessons on air quality.
Determining a theme is one of the most difficult and most important standards in the Common Core. Use this plan to help your learners identify the message that an author is sending to the reader. The lesson is based around the book Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar. Class members are asked to find the themes within the story by tracking recurring events and using textual evidence. The materials are included, but only accessible with a free account.
Connect the Common Core ELA standards with history by employing a balanced literacy approach to reading.

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