Lesson Plan

Learning About Cause and Effect!

Help your students understand what cause and effect looks like in everyday situations! This hands-on, engaging lesson plan allows students to examine cause and effect in their own lives as well as fictional text!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify cause and effect.

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

(5 minutes)
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  • Model a brief cause and effect scenario for your class. Before you begin, ask students to get out a reading log or journal.
  • Encourage students to jot down words, phrases, and observations of your actions. Guide students by writing the following prompting questions on the board to help them with their observations:
    • How do I look?
    • How do I sound?
    • How do I feel?
  • Pretend like you are rushing into the classroom. Next, drop your bag on your desk and act like you are out of breath. Pretend like you are worried!

Beginning:

  • Encourage students to draw a picture of your actions during the cause and effect scenario.
  • Define cause and effect prior to the lesson in English and student's home language (L1), if student is literate in their home language.

Intermediate:

  • Encourage students to sit near the front of the class during the scenario.
  • Have students do a think-pair-share with a partner, sharing some of their observations from the scenario.