So we did some whole group cause and effect activities were we read the story, I gave them events, and they had to give me the cause or effect. They also did some worksheets for homework where they had to identify it. That's when I realized the problem. They could identify cause and effect in short paragraphs and sentences but could not do it for a longer passage. So I went to my trusty reading coach and together we came up with this project.
First, we read If You Take a Mouse to School.
Now this book is way below the reading level of some of my kids but that was just what I wanted so that they could apply the skill to a longer book. All the books in this series are perfect for cause and effect.
Then, as a whole group, we filled in this cause and effect chart using the interactive white board.
Then we got out folders ready. I gave the kids this title page so that they would have an aide to help them. The picture shows 2 on one page.
The kids created their folders. One side they had to do If You Take a Mouse to School. The other side they had to do for a book of their choice. I also included pictures of the instructions and grading rubric for you.....I really need to learn how to use google docs.
The kids really got a lot out of it. The ones that struggled learned a lot and asked a lot of questions. It also let me know who needed more help and who had mastered it.