Lessons & Units

Cause and Effect

The reason why something happens (Cause) and what happens as a result (Effect).

Currently, there are no Cause and Effect lessons for Kindergarten.

Lesson 1
Identify effects when given a cause in fiction
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Lesson 2
Identify causes when given an effect in fiction
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Lesson 3
Identify explicit causes and effects in fiction
  • The Gunniwolf
Lesson 1
Identify and describe explicit effects in fiction
  • Chrysanthemum
Lesson 2
Identify and describe explicit causes in fiction
  • Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story
Lesson 3
Identify explicit cause-and-effect relationships in fiction
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Unit Reading Passages

  • Backpacks Mean Backaches
  • Do You Have Good Posture?
  • Snow Science
  • We Need Water
  • Wild Weather
Lesson 1
Use signal words (if, then, because, since, so, before, after) to show cause-and-effect relationships
  • When I Grow Up...
Lesson 2
Describe implicit effects when given a cause
  • Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folk Tale
Lesson 3
Identify implicit cause-and-effect relationships in nonfiction
  • The Planets

Unit Reading Passages

  • Ice City
  • Look Who's Talking
  • Moose on the Move
  • Safe Ride
  • What's New at the Zoo
Lesson 1
Use signal words (as a result, until, therefore, hence, consequently, for this reason) that show cause-and-effect relationships in expository texts
  • Dear Mr. President
Lesson 2
Identify multiple causes and effects in historical fiction
  • Pink and Say
Lesson 3
Identify cause-and-effect relationships in myths
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale

Unit Reading Passages

  • Can the Amazon Be Saved?
  • Dead Zone
  • Now Hear This
  • Return to Flight
  • Frogs at Risk

Cause and Effect lessons can be found in the following fifth grade novel units:
Bridge to Terabithia
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
         Lost Star: The Story of Amelia Earhart
Maniac McGee
Riding Freedom
The Great Gilly Hopkins
      The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
         The Story of Jackie Robinson: Bravest Man in Baseball
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963
The Wizard of Oz

Unit Reading Passages

  • Aliens Invade!
  • Children of the Storm
  • Crisis in Africa
  • Dear Mr. President
  • Endangered Animals at a Glance

Cause and Effect lessons can be found in the following sixth grade novel units:
Home of the Brave
Keeping the Night Watch and Chess Rumble

Unit Reading Passages

  • Growing Up In Darfur
  • Hard Rocks
  • Pizza Problems
  • Remote Control Classroom
  • That Tickles