Examining Cause and Effect

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10266

Mom asks, "How did this glass get broken?" She probably knows you were the culprit; nothing happens without a cause. Learn to recognize cause and effect through videos, and even write your own story!



learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


What happens when you forget to brush your teeth for a week? Why did you scream at the dentist? What happens when your pet snake escapes from its cage? What do these events have in common?

Graphic organizers and concept maps help you gain a better understanding of text.

Graphic organizers and concept maps show relationships between events. The Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar will help you visualize the cause and effect relationship. You may use it throughout the lesson.

You will now explore examples of cause and effect in literature.

1. Watch Cause and Effect Review Lesson for Elementary Students! from kathawynn and Cause and Effect by KLM Videos for School (both videos below) to learn or review cause and effect relationships.

Take notes while you watch and be sure to give examples! Some suggested answers and examples are provided in the Understanding Cause and Effect Answer Key (Downloadable Resources).


NOTE: This video is silent except for the end credits:


2. Read along and listen to The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash Read Along by Trinka Hakes Noble (Little Readers, below). This book contains many cause and effect relationships. Find as many examples as you can using the Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer as you follow along with the story. You may want to print more than one Graphic Organizer to use later.


When you have finished the book, check your answers using ReadWriteThink's Causes and Effects in The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash. You may have even thought of different ones!

Your new knowledge should cause you to do well in the following Got It? section!

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