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Cause and Effect- Ideas for Teaching, Resources for Lesson

Date of publication: 2017-09-02 11:40

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Text Structure | Classroom Strategies

Play a simple game in which you orally provide a situation (or a cause). Ask your child to fill in an action (or an effect). For example, you could say, "It was snowing outside." Your child could fill in, "All the kids got their sleds." "Someone rang the doorbell," could be answered with "Our dog began to bark." This game is perfect for helping your child realize that there is not one single right answer — as scientists they will learn that there can be several causes and several effects.


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Teaching with Timelines

A cause and effect analysis is an attempt to understand why things happen as they do. People in many professions—accident investigators, scientists, historians, doctors, newspaper reporters, automobile mechanics, educators, police detectives—spend considerable effort trying to understand the causes and effects of human behavior and natural phenomena to gain better control over events and over ourselves. If we understand the causes of accidents, wars, and natural disasters, perhaps we can avoid them in the future. If we understand the consequences of our own behavior, perhaps we can modify our behavior in a way that will allow us to lead happier, safer lives.

See this entry about Docs Teach from the National Archives to explore their “Finding a Sequence” timeline tool that allows teachers to create their own document-based timeline activities.

Below are examples of these 8 tree templates. The next worksheet contains the title oval template and 67 smaller leaves. The title oval is glued in the middle of the tree's trunk, above the drawings.

Due to spelling differences in English (words like color/colour and favorite/favourite), there are two sets of downloads for these worksheets, as well as the final draft templates. You can select the spelling that is used in the country that you are from.

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