Do you want your students to have a tangible way to comprehend a reading concept? That’s how this project came to be created. Students will explore causes and effects in their world - you can stay in the classroom or have them explore your school. They are given the opportunity to think more deeply about one of them by writing a short response to questions, and finally they transition to a nonfiction passage about the Dust Bowl of the 1930's.
There are two different copies of the Dust Bowl article so that you can differentiate for your students, but still have everyone reading about the same topic. Each one comes with a teacher guide with the Causes and Effects underlined
This was created with a nonfiction article, in keeping with Common Core standards for Reading and Writing. The lesson can be broken up across several days, depending on the time you have.
My students have enjoyed exploring the building and thinking about how many causes and effects they live through each day. It has given them the confidence to search for those same concepts in their reading.