Cause-Effect: An Introduction

This lesson plan introduces the concept of cause-effect relationships primarily through children's books. After introducing the concept (the "set"), the teacher will model the process for students by reading them a children's book and brainstorming (whole-class) possible cause-effect relationships. Students then work in groups with assigned roles to identify cause-effect relationships in an assigned children's book. The lesson not only introduces the concept of cause-effect to students but also provides students with opportunities to think critically and apply what they have learned to something that interests them. The Reader's Theater (pages 3-4) could be used as part of the set or as an enrichment activity.

Standards & Objectives

Learning objectives: 


Identify stated or implied cause-effect relationships.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Variation of the lesson:  

If you do not want students to present, then you can begin the activity by assigning each group a book and then switch the books among the groups. Students will have several opportunities to identify cause and effect with different books.

Helpful Hints

Materials Needed:

  • several children’s books
  • paper
  • pencils
  • copies of cause and effect worksheet