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Cause or Effect?

Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the relationship between cause and the effect sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a support lesson to the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to recognize cause and effect relationships and how they relate to the story when reading fiction.

Language

Students will be able to recognize cause and effect relationships with signal words using a graphic organizer.

Introduction

(7 minutes)
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  • Briefly summarize the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and do a picture walk highlighting the actions of the mouse and boy. Ask questions like, "What would happen first? What might happen after?"
  • Tell the students this book shows causes and effects. Emphasize that a cause happens before the effect. The series of events between the mouse and boy began with the cookie the mouse ate.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to their elbow partner about what happened after the mouse ate the cookie.
  • Draw a T-Chart on the board and list the cause (e.g., the mouse ate the cookie) with the effect (e.g., the mouse wanted milk).