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