Lesson Plan:

Cause and Effect: If You Take a Mouse to School

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September 9, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

Students will understand the concept of cause and effect.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Ask students what might happen if they ate an entire cake all by themselves. Some students may say they would feel happy, while others may predict they could get a bad bellyache.
  • Explain to the students that today they will begin learning about cause and effect.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Show the students the cover of the book If You Take A Mouse To School.
  • Ask students to make predictions about what they think Mouse will do at school. Write down their ideas on the board.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Read the story If You Take A Mouse To School aloud to your class.
  • Refer back to the board where students' predictions are written. Compare their ideas to what actually happened in the story. Were the students correct?

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Ask the class what they think would happen if a real mouse were in their classroom.
  • Have each student make one prediction.
  • Write down their ideas on the bottom of white writing paper.
  • Ask students to draw a picture of what they think the mouse will do at school above their sentence.



  • Enrichment: Give students the Cause and Effect Story worksheet to complete.
  • Support: Allow struggling students to work with a partner to complete the worksheet.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Have students complete the Cause and Effect Sentences worksheet.
  • Check this worksheet for correctness to observe which students will need extra help.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have students complete their own experiment to see cause and effect in action.
  • Ask students to predict what might happen if they paint over a crayon drawing with watercolors.
  • Give each student a white crayon, watercolors, and a paintbrush and have them begin to start drawing and painting.
  • Soon, they will see their drawing appear on the paper!

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