# Cause and Effect: If You Take a Mouse to School

• 50 minutes
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September 9, 2015

In this lesson, students will listen to a story and begin learning the concept of cause and effect. They will make predictions and conduct an experiment of their own!

### Learning Objectives

Students will understand the concept of cause and effect.

## Lesson

### 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.

## Extend

### Differentiation

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

## Review

### 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!