Are you looking for ways to teach cause and effect? I love to think outside the box and find ways to teach reading skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all learners. I hope you find some ways that are helpful to your students!
First, offer an anchor chart. Tell students that cause and effect is found in both fiction and nonfiction material. In fiction, the cause-effect relationship is often found in characters.
For example, Maddie was being bullied so she didn’t want to go to school.
The cause is Maddie was being bullied.
The effect is she didn’t want to go to school.
In nonfiction, cause and effect relationships are used to explain many social studies and science concepts.
For example, The battle began because there was a disagreement over taxes.
The cause is a disagreement over taxes.
The effect is the battle began.
Next, offer mentor text. Below you will see a fun example using the Nursery Rhyme, Little Miss Muffet. Also show cause and effect in other books. Suggestions:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
2. Interactive Notebook:
4. Nursery Rhyme Detective:
5. Student Samples with Illustrations:
6. Practice Page with Color-Coding:
7. Task Cards:
I hope you found something to use in your classroom! All of these ideas and more are included in my Cause and Effect study unit!