3rd Grade


We will identify explicit cause and effect relationships among ideas in texts.
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What caused the balloon to pop?

The balloon popped because Mrs. Berry pierced it with a pin.

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Which happens first?

My friend took my book and then it made me frown.

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Look for signal words

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Now let's see how authors include cause and effect in their texts.

I do

We do

You do

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Bees don't fly on cloudy or rainy days

This is an effect.

Why don't bees fly on cloudy or rainy days?

BECAUSE they can't see the sun.

This is the cause of bees not flying on cloudy or rainy days. They use the sun to find their way back to the hive.

Jigsaw- The Beekeeper

I've taken the book apart.

1. Now you will read your part and fill in the graphic organizer with any cause and effect that you found. Be sure to highlight your signal words.

2. Next we will mingle and share, so that you can add additional cause and effects to your graphic organizer.

3. We'll share with the class.

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Reading Journals

What is the purpose of a journal entry in this reading journal?

Add info to your journal to help you remember how to find the causes and effects in texts.

1. Write the definition in your own words.

2. Give an example.

3. Include the signal words.


Noodling is note taking and doodling at the same time. Make it personal! This is for you!!!

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Paper Bag Book

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The effect is on the paper bag.

The cause is on the inside of the paper bag on a notecard.


Use pencil first! Add color later when you have it all the way you want it.