Yikes! We worked quite a bit on cause and effect this week.
We matched up cause and effect. I gave everyone a card with either cause or effect and they had to find their buddy.
I even made a anchor chart that was pretty! Here's the pin from Fabulous Fourth Grade on Pinterest that I copied shamelessly:
Everything was good on the surface level where an action causes an action.
Grace loved to stories ➙She acted them out often.
But whew! When we got to causes that created internal changes, life got a little harder. So we did some acting. I had a student who plays on a select soccer team volunteer. We acted out the week before his tryouts. I was his mom and told him daily how awesome and fabulous he was. The kids discussed the effect it would have on him for his tryouts.
Then I told him daily how terrible a player he was, he was worse than all the other kids, and would never make the team. Lightbulb! The kids discusses how that would have an effect on him for tryouts. It helped make the point that effects are often internal. (Sidenote-a big hug was given, and I was very silly during this part, so no permanent trauma was inflicted!)
We then flipped some causes. If the cause was "Grace loved to play the main character", we changed it to "Grace hated being the main character" and discussed who that would have changed the story. More lightbulbs! They easily got to "She wanted the part of Peter Pan" after that.
I've enjoyed changing grades this year. While it's certainly a lot more work, it's fun to get into the challenge and try on some new thinking. It's keeping me from getting stale! I taught 2nd grade a long time before moving to 4th the last three years and love both grades. I'm finding 3rd grade to be a very happy combination of the best parts of those two grades. I'm really happy.