Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Opening the Box: Examining Cause and Effect - Section 3: Partner Practice: Connecting Cause and Effect


I know everyone is dedicated to time on task as I think we all should be but sometimes I think people forget that these 4th graders are just little kids.  The notion that coloring is too old for 4th grade is one that I rebuke.  My students REALLY wanted to color their clip art flaps.  I decided to let them for two reasons:  1.)  They really are little kids and still like to color and
2.)  This Interactive Student Notebook is THEIRS.  It is their tool to refer back to- to love, honor and cherish as I say in class.  It is in my best interest and theirs if I let them spend five minutes coloring their flaps.  It increases the buy in and ownership of their notebook.  Things kids value they take care of- hopefully!!  

After all is said and done, I believe in coloring- not the all day, coloring sheets kind of coloring, but the meaningful, student- driven kind of coloring that still lets them be the little kids they are!!   

  Reflection: Taking Time To Color?????
  Intrinsic Motivation: Reflection: Taking Time To Color?????
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Opening the Box: Examining Cause and Effect

Unit 5: Putting Together the Pieces - The Puzzle of Cause and Effect Relationships
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT to identify examples of cause and effect in both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Big Idea: Understanding cause and effect text structure is essential to good reading comprehension.

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), cause and effect, interactive notebook
  55 minutes
interactive notebook activity
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