Try this fun graphic organizer when teaching cause and effect! Kids sometimes get confused about which of two events is the cause and which is the effect; it becomes even more confusing when the cause is stated BEFORE the effect. For example, “Sally felt sick after she ate too much cake.” To help students see which part of the sentence is the cause, I share a rocket analogy when introducing the graphic organizer. Burning fuel is the cause of the rocket moving forward, so the cause is written in the flame section and the effect is written on the rocket. In the previous example, students would write “Sally ate too much cake” in the flame and “Sally felt sick” in the rocket.
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