Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cause and Effect for Early Readers

Teaching Cause and Effect to early learners can be as easy as understanding the relationship between rain and umbrellas. Students can create these statements in whole group, with a partner, and independently.
I actually had someone tell me early readers didn't need to know about cause and effect because "it was too hard to bring it to their level." I, respectfully, disagree.  It's not necessarily about the skill, it's about the approach.

Rain and Umbrellas...the easiest example
Teaching Cause and Effect to early learners can be as easy as understanding the relationship between rain and umbrellas. Students can create these statements in whole group, with a partner, and independently.

Kids know why they use umbrellas...it's either used in rain or in the bright sun. Provide students with picture cards and ask them to tell the relationship between the pictures. Lead them to use signal words "because" and "so." Let them discover the cause and effect BEFORE you call it such. As an added practice, students can use partner puzzles to talk to their peers and discover the cause and effect.

Make an Anchor Chart
Teaching Cause and Effect to early learners can be as easy as understanding the relationship between rain and umbrellas. Students can create these statements in whole group, with a partner, and independently.

Once they understand the relationship between the pictures, ask them to help you make an anchor chart. (You know I believe in Anchor Charts for everything!) They should help you create the poster and decide what the chart should include (with your guidance). The anchor chart can be recreated for a reading interactive notebook or an independent center.

Let them do it!
Teaching Cause and Effect to early learners can be as easy as understanding the relationship between rain and umbrellas. Students can create these statements in whole group, with a partner, and independently.

Students can use what they know about the relationships to create independent sentences. They can choose the pictures for cause and effect, then choose one pair to write a complete sentence with a signal word.

See, it's not hard, it's just strategic!

For a Sample Cause and Effect set, click the link or the picture below.

If you'd like the Full Cause and Effect set, click the link to my TPT store.

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Teaching Cause and Effect to early learners can be as easy as understanding the relationship between rain and umbrellas. Students can create these statements in whole group, with a partner, and independently.

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