Teaching Cause and Effect with Picture BooksTeaching kids cause and effect develops critical thinking skills important for all ages of children — from the 2-year-old deciding not to run across the street to the year-old deciding how to handle peer pressure. We hope these books guide kids into many thoughtful conversations that spill over into their daily lives. Before you read, remind kids what cause and effect mean. Cause refers to what caused something to happen; effect is what happened as a result of the cause. You may need to provide examples to make this clear before you read. In other cases, one cause sets off a chain reaction which can lead to multiple effects or multiple cause and effect scenarios. No matter what how the text is set up, all of these picture books provide rich opportunities for kids to think deeply about cause and effect.
Cause and Effect lesson
Teaching Cause and Effect with Picture Books
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Discover some simple hands-on activities and games that can be done at home or in the backyard to help your child develop a deeper understanding of cause and effect — and strengthen reading comprehension and scientific inquiry skills. We teach cause and effect every time we help a young child recognize a relationship between two things, or when we demonstrate that one event is the result of another. Science seeks to explain and understand the natural world. Things happen for a reason: there is a cause for every effect. In science, the cause explains why something happens. The effect is the description of what happened.
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Dori Chaconas. Candlewick, A slamming door sets off a chain of chaotic events. This rhyming, cumulative tale has great illustrations. You could use this for teaching about predictions and cause and effect, or just for fun! Picture Book. All in One Hour.
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