Cause and Effect Lesson Plans with Activities

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I used this to supplement our reading curriculum. Very well put together and highly engaging activities.
My students loved this resource. It was easy to implement, rigorous and fun! Thanks for your creativity.
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A week's worth of engaging lesson plans to teach students how to determine causes and effects within a text. These lesson plans are designed to be low prep for the teacher, but keep your kids engaged and challenged the entire week!

There is a whole group and a small group lesson for each day so that you can differentiate and reach each learner.

All the materials are provided, besides books. All the lessons are engaging, low prep, and rigorous for your upper elementary students.

Why these lessons?

Engagement- I saw that my students needed more engagement and relation to their real-life in order to fully understand the skills, so I created these lessons to keep kids excited and involved the whole time.

Tiered Approach- We start with a real-life lesson, then practice as a whole group, work in a small group, work in partners, and finally work alone. We start with support on the skill and slowly take it away to really push the kiddos.

Rigor- The lessons keep kids thinking the entire time and push them to reach their potential.

Low-Prep- These lessons just need to be printed, copied, and they are ready to go! Most activities require little work beforehand for the teacher which makes a teachers busy life easier!

The lessons include:

Monday- You will do an interactive lesson with balloons, eggs, and more! Then, you will go over an anchor chart and complete a cause and effect chain that is started for you.

Tuesday- Students will work on cause and effect with a Pixar video and then read , “17 ThingsI’m Not Allowed to do Anymore” by Jenny Offill. Then, the students will be completing a graphic organizer to look at different ways for cause and effect.

Wednesday- As a class you will do a practice close read. Then, students will read a story from an EPIC collection or a pile of library books. They will work in groups to create a cause and effect poster.

Thursday- Students will complete an interactive challenge where they will do 7 close reads asking cause and effect questions and seven fun tasks. The circle of fun can be done in pairs or individually.

Friday- You will use pictures to practice. Then, Read, “Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super Soaking Stream of Inventions” by Chris Barton which can be found on EPIC for free. While reading the students will do an interactive reader. Then, they will do the assessment.

There is one small group lesson per day. You can do this with every group or just do the lessons you think the groups need. You differentiate them by what books you choose.

Monday: Review the anchor chart and then students will be given a cause and come up with effects and vice versa.

Tuesday: Read two close read stories and analyze cause and effect in two different ways.

Wednesday: Students will do two more close reads looking at two more ways for cause and effect.

Thursday: Students will get a topic card and write a cause and effect essay using that topic.

Friday: Students will read each other's stories and determine cause and effect.

What are others saying?!

Marnie V.- "So easy to use and everything is there for you. Great variety of activities as well!"

Nicki N.- "Easy to follow! Love the lesson plans included. I look forward to using this."

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Total Pages
40 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


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