Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato Read Aloud - Cause and Effect Lesson

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Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato is a great read aloud to teach a lesson on cause and effect.  This interactive read aloud has everything you need to print and go!  Understanding cause and effect in a story is an important reading comprehension strategy.

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Book Title: Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola

Reading Strategy: Cause and Effect


How to use the Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato cause and effect lesson:

★ Teacher Guide

This interactive read aloud for Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato includes a teacher's guide that outlines the cause and effect lesson. It provides an introduction to help prepare your students for their learning and set a purpose for the read aloud. It also includes important vocabulary words and the strands that the lesson covers.

★ Anchor Chart

The cause and effect anchor chart  is a great reference for students.  The chart can be printed as is or it can be an interactive anchor chart that you create with your students while reading the book.

★ Talking Points

There are higher level thinking questions and talking points to prompt student discussion. Each one has a page number so that you know exactly where in the story to stop!

These will guide students to deepen their understanding and respond in meaningful ways. These questions can be printed out on a one page guide or on sticky notes, which will allow you to place them right in the book!

★ Student Response

This lesson also comes with a written response and cause and effect graphic organizer to really help your students connect with the text and build their knowledge on the reading strategy. There are multiple response sheets that allow for differentiation. An answer key is also provided for your reference.

★ Craftivity

The Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato craftivity provides a hands-on, engaging component to help students practice the cause and effect strategy. It helps connect the focus to the picture book and to students' reading.

★ Task Cards

The task cards can be used a few different ways. The cards could be used orally as a whole class discussion or in small groups. Students could also respond to the task cards individually on the recording sheet that is included.

The task cards provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions to help students apply the reading skill.

Your students will love learning about cause and effect with Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato!

Keep your teaching colorful,

Sara ☺

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