Lesson: Color Coding Causes and Effects

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Lesson Objective

Objective: Students will be able to identify causes and effects and determine if they are a cause and effect by color coding the causes and effects that are found in a story or informational text piece.

Lesson Plan

 

Color Coding Causes and Effects

 

Objective:  Students will be able to identify causes and effects and determine if they are a cause and effect by color coding the causes and effects that are found in a story or informational text piece.

Do-Now:  Why do you think people or organizations color code things?  What do you think of when something is color coded?  What color stands out to you the most and why?

Connection: Today we are going to look at the reasons why something happens or what happens because something has happened.  We are going to identify cause and effect relationships.  When we think of a cause we are thinking about why something happens and when we think of the effect we are thinking about what happens. 

Teach/Model:  Today I am going to teach you a couple of tricks when you are identifying the main idea.  First of all you want to be able to identify what the cause is and what the effect is.  The cause is why something is happening and the effect is what happens.  So when you are thinking of the cause and the effect whenever you say cause why something is happening and effect what is exactly happening.  We also can look for clue words to identify the cause.  If we use these clue words to definitely the cause we can then think to ourselves what happened and easily identify the effect.  Clue words for cause and effect:  because, if, so, then

 

Independent Practice: (10 min) We will read an informational text on the promethean board and color different colors for causes and different colors for effects. 

Then the students will go back to their seats and color code the passages of an informational text as they did on the promethean board. 

Highlight a specific color for causes and a specific color for effects. 

 

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