We made a cause and effect video. Why? Cause we wanted to have a positive effect on your brain of course.
|3rd Grade||Language Arts|
|Elementary and Middle School||3rd Grade|
It’s the “why” something happens.
For example, Jane pushed Jack on the playground. [Jack falls over]
Way to go, Jane.
An effect is something that happens because something else happened first. [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
It’s the “what happened” part.
In the case of our good friends Jack and Jane…it would be the fact that Jack fell down and [Jack's knee is bleeding]
scraped his knee.
He fell, which is “what happened” because of what Jane did—she pushed him.
That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.
When you’re reading, it’s important to think about the “why” and the “what [Jack in the principal's office]
happened because of the why”.
Okay, that’s a wordy way of putting it, but you catch our drift.
It’s especially important to think about these things when it comes to characters—why
they did something, and the consequences of their actions. [Jane sees the principal in the corridor]
Would a character have done something differently to get a different result?
Did she know what was going to happen when she acted?
Or was the character too busy mulling over “why”s and “what”s to pay attention? [Jane walks into a rock]
Thinking about cause and effect really helps us better understand character perspective…
… which is an important part of reading comprehension.
We don’t just want to know that Mr. Wonka handed over the keys to his chocolate factory… [Boy looks happy holding the key]
…we want to understand what could possibly have possessed him to voluntarily give up [Mr. Wonka at the doctors]
that much chocolate…