Cause and Effect Using Informational Text is a 47 page unit that comes with two sets of task cards as well as informational text passages (two each: Historical, Scientific, and Technical). This unit is specifically designed to target reading strategies using cause and effect. It covers Common Core RI 3.3 in a way your kids will enjoy and uses topics that will capture their interest.
Here’s what it includes:
64 task cards (two sets with a record sheet and keys)
Cause and Effect Clue Words Handout
Double Sided Worksheets for each type of text (and keys)
1.The Liberty Bell
2. The Platypus
1. How to Make a Smoothie
2. Weave on a Loom
The six passages are really the heart of this unit. Each topic was carefully selected and written to be interesting and fun for your third graders. The text is rigorous but attainable for most third graders. Each of the passages comes with a cause and effect chart to fill in on the back.
I am crazy about task cards and these two sets are great activities for cause and effect. The first set of 32 cards have pictures like burnt cookies, a flat tire, and muddy kids. These are an awesome way to start the whole cause and effect unit. Since they are wordless, the kids can just focus on the cause and effect concept, without any tricky text.
The second set has 32 cards that are bright and colorful with an animal on each card. Students read the sentence and identify the cause and the effect.
Once you print the task cards, simply laminate and cut them out, and you’ll be ready to go! Your task card set can be used at a literacy center, in small collaborative groups, for one on one, for fast finishers, as a whole class activity (teacher directed), or as a whole class rotating station activity.
I really think that this is a great addition to your Common Core materials. Best of all, your students will not only understand the cause and effect concept better, but they will have fun doing it!
If you're looking for more Common Core materials that work well for third graders, please check these out:
Close Reading Using Informational Text
Task Cards: Close Reading Questions for Teachers
Characters, Settings, and Events
Inferences Using Informational Text
Inferences Using Literature
Compare and Contrast and More: Stories, Myths and Traditional Literature: Common Core
Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose: Common Core
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