Lesson Plan

Reading Logs to Go!

Show and prove! Use this lesson plan and say farewell to fiction reading logs of yore, as your students (literally) draw connections across theme, cause, and effect.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe and illustrate instances of cause and effect from the beginning, middle, and ending of their fiction readings.


(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students for a volunteer for a brief demonstration of arm strength.
  • Have the student hold either hand straight out in front of them (preferably over a desk or table), where you will place one book at a time to see how many they can hold.
  • Place one book after another on their hand until they fall on the table and ask your class: What happened in terms of cause and effect?
  • Clarify: “Because the books were too heavy, the effect was that the books fell.”
  • Share that today’s lesson has to do with cause, effect, and fiction books! Explain that cause and effect are events where one (cause) precedes the other (effect).