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"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
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"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Story Map
Give your second graders some practice building their reading comprehension skills with the timeless story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Students will read this classic fable and then answer questions about setting, characters, genre, and cause and effect.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
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Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Week 1 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features 5 days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
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Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Week 4 of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of diverse learning activities designed to prepare students for their fourth grade year.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Prepare learners for their fifth grade debut with Week 2 of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet, complete with five more days of engaging activities that will review key skills and concepts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
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Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of fun and diverse learning activities to prepare children to enter fifth grade with confidence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
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Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of our Third Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade year.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
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
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
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Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Week 3 of this independent study packet for fifth graders offers a stack of at-home learning opportunities.
5th grade
Science
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Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
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Novel Study: The One and Only Ivan: Discussion Guide #1
This discussion guide helps readers reflect on chapters 1–38 of The One and Only Ivan.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
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Novel Discussion Guide for Teachers
Use this worksheet to encourage critical thinking and support students’ literacy development by asking questions before, during, and after reading.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
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Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From The Railway Children
Students read and analyze an excerpt from E. Nesbit’s 1906 novel, The Railway Children, in this four-page reading comprehension worksheet.
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: “King Chameleon and the Animals” and “The Hare and the Tortoise”
Reading Comprehension: “King Chameleon and the Animals” and “The Hare and the Tortoise”
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Reading Comprehension: “King Chameleon and the Animals” and “The Hare and the Tortoise”
Students compare and contrast two fables in this eighth-grade reading comprehension worksheet!
8th grade
Reading & Writing
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Cause & Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
Cause & Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
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Cause & Effect Reading Comprehension: Home Sick
Children practice connecting cause to effect in this reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Graphic Organizer: Cause & Effect
Graphic Organizer: Cause & Effect
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Graphic Organizer: Cause & Effect
Use this graphic organizer to support learners' understanding of cause and effect in the books they read.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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First Day of School: Cause and Effect
First Day of School: Cause and Effect
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First Day of School: Cause and Effect
Readers will delight in this first (worst) day of school story, and practice cause and effect with this funny worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Clue Words for Cause and Effect
Clue Words for Cause and Effect
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Clue Words for Cause and Effect
Familiarize your students with clue words that help indicate cause and effect relationships.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Reading & Writing
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Novel Study: A Wrinkle in Time: Discussion Guide #1
Novel Study: A Wrinkle in Time: Discussion Guide #1
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Novel Study: A Wrinkle in Time: Discussion Guide #1
Help students reflect on chapters 1–4 of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time with this two-page discussion guide!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Study: The Outsiders: Discussion Guide #1
Novel Study: The Outsiders: Discussion Guide #1
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Novel Study: The Outsiders: Discussion Guide #1
Use this discussion guide to support students’ comprehension and analysis of chapters 1–4 of S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders.
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Study: The Lightning Thief: Discussion Guide #1
Novel Study: The Lightning Thief: Discussion Guide #1
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Novel Study: The Lightning Thief: Discussion Guide #1
Encourage critical thinking and support literacy development by asking questions after students read chapters 1–6 of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Extended Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From 'The King of Elfland’s Daughter'
Extended Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From 'The King of Elfland’s Daughter'
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Extended Reading Comprehension: Excerpt Adapted From 'The King of Elfland’s Daughter'
Students hone reading comprehension and analysis skills with this adapted excerpt from the first chapter of The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany.
7th grade
Reading & Writing
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Novel Discussion Guide for Parents
Novel Discussion Guide for Parents
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Novel Discussion Guide for Parents
Use this Novel Discussion Guide for Parents as a guide to invite your child into a book discussion about their latest reading!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
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"Somebody Wanted" Story Map
The "Somebody Wanted But So Then" reading strategy is a great way to help kids identify the key elements of a story. Students will use this easy format to begin summarizing a story of your choice in this fun treasure map-themed worksheet!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Search Identifying Cause and Effect in Fiction Educational Resources

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.