Cause and Effect Using Informational Text is a 59 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 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)
Picture Task Cards
Animal Task Cards
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
Detailed Teacher Notes
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 reading strategy materials. Best of all, your students will not only understand the cause and effect concept better, but they will have fun doing it!
Need a 4th/5th grade version? The task cards are the same but the passages are geared to 4th/5th grade:
Cause and Effect for 4th/5th Grade
If you're looking for more materials for this concept, I do have a cause and effect reading game, which is part of a 20 Reading Game Bundle, you might like to check out:
20 Reading Game Bundle
Here is the cause and effect game included in that bundle, which is also sold separately:
Cause and Effect Reading Game
Here are some other cause and effect resources:
Famous Americans Cause and Effect Task Cards
Cause and Effect for Fall Task Cards
Winter Cause and Effect Task Cards
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