“Why are there eggs?”
“Are we EATING those eggs?”
Make It Hands-On
After we discussed real life examples and made it concrete, it was time to put cause and effect into practice! I created a simple “Cause and Effect Scavenger Hunt” that took my kids around our classroom. It didn’t take us long – about 10 minutes, and you could easily write out your own scavenger hunt on index cards. I don’t have a pre-made scavenger hunt to share with you for a reason….the power in this activity was that it was personalized. Every student in my room was able to activate his or her schema on an equal playing field because they all know our classroom routines.
It can sometimes by noisy in our hallway during our reading lessons as the older grades are going to lunch. When they read this clue, my students knew from their schema that I often ask one of them to please shut the door when it gets distracting. They turned and talked about the clue and came up with, “The class is at the carpet and it is loud in the hallway. Mrs. Wagers asks Brooklynn to help. As a result, she shuts the door.”
Apply It To Text:
After hearing, seeing, and doing various cause and effect activities, it was time to apply this reading strategy to text in our reading groups. We used red and blue crayons to code the text with C for cause and E for effect.