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Glossary: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Glossary: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
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Glossary: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts.
5th grade
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Vocabulary Cards: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Vocabulary Cards: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
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Vocabulary Cards: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts.
5th grade
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Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Fiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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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!
3rd grade
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Cause and Effect
Cause and Effect
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Cause and Effect
Readers work on their understanding of cause and effect as they identify instances of each in a short passage of fiction.
3rd grade
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Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
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Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Texts
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and write sentences with cause-and-effect relationships. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles.
5th grade
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Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
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Analyzing Cause and Effect in Nonfiction Articles
Nonfiction texts offer a great lens into cause and effect relationships. Use this lesson plan to teach your class to compare cause-and-effect relationships across texts that share a topic.
5th grade
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Cause or Effect?
Cause or Effect?
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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.
3rd grade
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
Words That Show Cause and Effect
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Words That Show Cause and Effect
This lesson helps students recognize cause-and-effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction writing by identifying clue words. It can be used on its own or as a precursor to Cause and Effect with Comic Strips.
4th grade
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Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect
What is the cause, and what is the effect? Use this resource to teach your students how to identify examples of cause and effect in nonfiction text.
3rd grade
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What is Cause and Effect?
What is Cause and Effect?
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What is Cause and Effect?
Help your child understand cause and effect with this practice sheet.
1st grade
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Signal Cause and Effect
Signal Cause and Effect
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Signal Cause and Effect
Teach your students to recognize the words that signal cause and effect relationships. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Nonfiction Comprehension: Cause and Effect* lesson.
3rd grade
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Cause and Effect: Structure
Cause and Effect: Structure
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Cause and Effect: Structure
Use this worksheet to help your students analyze and talk about cause-and-effect text structure.
4th grade
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Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Reading for Comprehension: Cause and Effect
This cause and effect worksheet opens your child up to improved critical thinking abilities. Use this cause and effect worksheet to focus on story structure.
3rd grade
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Learning About Cause and Effect!
Learning About Cause and Effect!
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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!
2nd grade
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Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
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Cause and Effect with Comic Strips
Pow! Bam! Splat! In this integrated reading and science lesson, students will explore the relationship between cause and effect. They will get creative and create cause-and-effect comic strips!
4th grade
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Sports Cause and Effect
Sports Cause and Effect
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Sports Cause and Effect
Help your child use logic to answer these fun sports cause and effect questions!
2nd grade
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Identifying Cause and Effect
Identifying Cause and Effect
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Identifying Cause and Effect
Give your second grader's logical thinking skills and reading comprehension a healthy boost with a lesson in cause and effect.
2nd grade
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Cause and Effect for Kids
Cause and Effect for Kids
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Cause and Effect for Kids
Build comprehension skills with this reading page on cause and effect for kids.
1st grade
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Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
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Reading Comprehension: Cause and Effect
Understanding the relationship of cause and effect is a cornerstone of strong reading comprehension skills. Students will seek to explain why events happened in a book of their choosing in this cause and effect activity.
2nd grade
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Pair the Cause and Effect
Pair the Cause and Effect
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Pair the Cause and Effect
Have your students practice finding the cause and effect relationships between two sentences.
3rd grade
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Cause and Effect Comic Strips
Cause and Effect Comic Strips
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Cause and Effect Comic Strips
During this activity, students will create cause and effect comic strips complete with captions, pictures, and speech and sound effect bubbles.
4th grade
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Glossary: Cause and Effect Structure
Glossary: Cause and Effect Structure
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Glossary: Cause and Effect Structure
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Cause and Effect Structure.
5th grade
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Glossary: Signal Cause and Effect
Glossary: Signal Cause and Effect
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Glossary: Signal Cause and Effect
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Signal Cause and Effect.
3rd grade
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Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Creating Cause and Effect Skits
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Creating Cause and Effect Skits
Help your ELs look deeply at cause and effect at the sentence level. Using skits to reinforce comprehension, this lesson can be used as a support lesson for Learning About Cause and Effect! or a stand alone activity.
2nd grade
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Cause and Effect Structure
Cause and Effect Structure
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Cause and Effect Structure
Use this lesson to help your ELs see patterns and signal words in the cause-and-effect text structure. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Eyeing the Effects of Weather.
5th grade
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Newton's third law states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. He said this in regards to motion, but it's also a comment on cause and effect, a tool used for compelling storytelling. There are many printable worksheets and lesson plans to choose from in the Learning Library that focus on cause and effect in fiction texts.

Cause and Effect 101

Analyzing the relationship between cause and effect is a matter of finding out which one happened first. Find the connection between the two by identifying how the first action resulted in the second one. Once you can identify the link between an origin action and a result, you will be able to follow any chain of events much more clearly.

Cause and effect can be as simple as:
  • Jane hit the ball. The ball moved.
  • After the earthquake, there was a landslide.
In these examples, the cause is stated clearly before the effect. But, sometimes, the effect is more obvious than the cause:
  • At the Boston Tea Party, Boston residents threw tea into the harbor. They were protesting a new tax by the British king.
  • Only in the past 50 years has climate change been linked to man made emissions.
In these examples, the cause is stated after the effect. Still, the cause occurred before the effect.

In some reading passages, the cause seems hidden. It helps to think about a story’s chronology, or timeline. Take a moment to remember early grammar lessons, and consider the subject(s) and object(s) in each sentence and passage. If you can identify both the order of events, and the subject(s) and object(s), you will be able to correctly decide which primary action resulted in the secondary event. Brush up on your cause and effect skills with these Education.com activities, and reading stories will be much more fun.