This is an excellent beginning or review activity. It is especially good for special education students, but also works well for regular education students. It combines the lower level ELA standard of causes and effects (which is, itself, a good review before going into dependent and independent variables) with lab safety rules and procedures.
This is a differentiated activity. There are 3 levels, 1 hard and 2 easier versions. The easier verisons either indicate which cards are causes and which are effects, allowing students to match which causes relate to which effects, or indicate which two cards relate, allowing students to decide which one is cause and which one is an effect. Color printing is required for differentiation as the indications are done via color-coding.
Cut and laminate to use repeatedly as small group task carts or whole class sorts or have students individually cut and paste onto construction paper to have a reference resource. You can even incorporate it into interactive notebooks buy gluing the cause and effect labels as pockets so students can repeatedly practice sorting.
Answer key is included and can be printed either with or without color.
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