Cause and Effect (Grades 1-2)

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Introduce young students to the concept of cause and effect with our Cause and Effect Lesson Plan, which enables students to identify the cause and effect of actions and events in pictures and reading content.  This interactive lesson prepares student to identify cause as answering the way and effect addressing the what of a scenario.

Cause and Effect Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages
  • Causes and their Effects Activity Worksheet
  • Cause and Effect Practice Worksheet
  • Cause/Effect Homework Assignment
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce young students to the concept of cause and effect with our Cause and Effect Lesson Plan, which enables students to identify the cause and effect of actions and events in pictures and reading content.  This interactive lesson prepares student to identify cause as answering the way and effect addressing the what of a scenario.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Turn off the classroom lights. Ask: What caused the lights to turn off?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Tell students to stand up and run in place to get their hearts beating faster. Ask: What caused your heart to beat faster?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.
  5. Ask: What would happen if… (Choose a scenario.)
  6. Allow for responses and discussion.
  7. Introduce students to causes, using the lights, running in place, etc., and the effects of the causes; heart beating faster, lights going off/on, etc.
  8. Distribute the Cause and Effect content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Allow students to answer the questions orally on the content pages prior to moving through each page.
  9. Use additional examples to enhance student understanding, especially using the “Why” as the cause, and the “What” as the effect.
  10. Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions, do the sample with the class. Allow students time to complete.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Subject

Reading