Lesson Plan

Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect

Improve reading comprehension with a lesson on cause and effect! In this lesson, students will use a T-chart to identify examples of cause and effect in and by the end, you’ll all be singing along to the cause and effect song!
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Learning Objectives

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

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Draw students in by telling a brief story about a bad day -- make something up if necessary (e.g. I forgot to set my alarm and I woke up late, I spilled coffee on my favorite shirt and I had to change into something else, I ran over some nails on the road and I got a flat tire, it started to rain and I didn’t have my umbrella so I got all wet, I put too much salt on my lunch and it didn’t taste good).