Cause and Effect Objective: Define cause and effect. Identify the cause and effect in a selection. What is Cause and Effect?



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Cause and Effect

  • Objective: Define cause and effect. Identify the cause and effect in a selection.

What is Cause and Effect?

  • Cause- is the reason why something happens.
  • Example: I didn't bring my homework, because my dog ate it.
  • Effect- is the result of something happening.
  • Example: If I take my pencil and push it off the table, what will the effect be?
  • Effect- is the result of something happening.
  • Example: I am happy, because today is my birthday.
  • What is Cause and Effect?

Identify the Cause! -why something happens

  • I am as full as a tick. What caused this to happen?
  • I ate a lot of food.

2. I made an “A” on my reading test. What caused this to happen?

  • 2. I made an “A” on my reading test. What caused this to happen?
  • I studied for my test.

3. There is milk all over my desk. What caused this to happen?

  • 3. There is milk all over my desk. What caused this to happen?
  • I knocked my milk over.

I am holding igneous rock in my hand. What caused this rock to form?

  • I am holding igneous rock in my hand. What caused this rock to form?
  • Lava from a volcano cooled and hardened.

Can you identify the causes in the following story?

  • Betsy was lonely. She couldn’t have a pet because pets were not allowed in her building. Then one day Betsy saw an advertisement in the newspaper. “If I had a bird feeder like the one in the ad,” Betsy said, “then I wouldn’t be lonely anymore.” Betsy was right. Soon many birds began to come to her feeder. She loved to sit and watch them.
  • 1. Betsy was lonely. What caused this?
  • 2. What caused Betsy to get the bird feeder?
  • 3. Why was Betsy not lonely anymore?

Identify the Effect! -is the result of something happening

  • 1. Last week, I left my radio sitting out in the rain. What will the effect be?
  • It will be ruined. It won’t work.

2. We have a test today, and last night I forgot to study. What will the effect be?

  • 2. We have a test today, and last night I forgot to study. What will the effect be?
  • I might fail my test!

3. I planted some maize in the field and it hasn’t rained for days. What will be the effect?

  • 3. I planted some maize in the field and it hasn’t rained for days. What will be the effect?
  • The maize will die.

4. The explorers came to South Carolina. What was the effect?

Can you identify the effects in the following story?

  • Last night I watched a scary movie, and I was scared. Every time I saw a witch I would scream. When the witch would laugh I would hide under my blanket. I will never watch a scary movie again.
  • Every time I would see a witch, what would be the effect?
  • Every time when the witch would laugh, what would be the effect?
  • What effect did the movie have on my mood?


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