Since my students already knew what cause and effect was, we did a very brief cause and effect interactive notebook journal entry with just two tabs and a short definition. Then came the fun part--song lyrics!
Now, before I go on, I have to give my dad total credit for coming up with this song! Do you know how hard it is to find a song that tells a story and is appropriate for elementary school kids? It's not an easy task!
We ended up using Hello Muddha, Hello Faddah, the old camp song by Allan Sherman. You can download a copy of the lyrics I used HERE. The kids got such a kick out of this song, and it's pretty harmless. You could even let them listen to it a few times. We had a great time looking for and generating cause and effect relationships. I loved using the song because not only were we finding explicitly stated cause and effect relationships, but we had to do some inference as well.
After we pulled out as many cause and effect relationships as we could and annotated the paper (a little bit like we would with a close reading passage), we turned it into a foldable in our interactive notebook. You can see the outside of it here, and on the inside we wrote the effect. This challenged their thinking a bit because some of the annotations we made were written with the effect first and the cause second. It was perfect to get them thinking about the different formats of cause and effect!
My students are very comfortable using pictures to practice reading skills, so I had them use their left side to find cause and effect relationships in a picture. This is always a hit!
If you would like to download the templates we used for the right hand side of the notebook as well as the picture we used for the left hand side, you can do so HERE.
After we went through the review, I had a pile of about 20 books for students to read and write out cause and effect relationships. You can truly use just about any book for this, but here are a few of my favorites after seeing them in action with kids...
Finally, I used my Generating Cause and Effect Task Cards for their cause and effect assessment. We used a modification of the Thinking Maps cause and effect map, as seen below. I printed out the task cards at 50% their original size and gave each student four to glue in their notebooks. They wrote the cause and effect relationships and shared with a neighbor. I LOVE using task cards in interactive notebooks this way! I also just finished writing a set of of paragraph cause and effect task cards for students to identify cause and effect in paragraphs--they will be perfect for test prep!
|Cause and Effect Story Task Cards|
All of this only took about two days, which was perfect for us! I needed a quick review, and this fit the bill. Do you have any great cause and effect activities to share?