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Judith Viorst's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is an excellent way to teach youngsters about cause-and-effect relationships in fiction. Use the chart of cause-and-effect situations to introduce this concept, asking kids to come up with personal examples (i.e. "I ran around the whole lunch recess, so I am tired"). After reading half of the text aloud, model how this relationship can be found in the story with the pre-done matching worksheet (consider re-writing it onto chart paper). There is another matching worksheet for the end of the story that kids can complete as practice. For pre-readers, do this together. Explore the word cavity using the simple prompts, which can easily to applied to other vocabulary.