Cause and Effect Standards-Based Reading Assessment Nonfiction 3rd Grade

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This Cause and Effect Reading Assessment for 3rd grade includes both print and digital formats (in self-grading Google Forms) to give you valuable information to help drive instruction. The three Cause and Effect for nonfiction assessments ask students to identify causes and effects using historical, scientific, or technical texts.


These assessments are perfect if you’re looking to add consistent grades to your traditional grade book or looking for assessments that match your standards-based grading report card.


Besides using them as formative and summative assessments to help you progress monitor reading comprehension, they can also be used for guided reading, independent practice, reading intervention, reading centers, spiral review, or test prep.


It includes: (Print and Digital)

3 Cause and Effect for Nonfiction Standards-Based Assessments

Answer Keys

Teacher Notes (including a How-To-Use Guide)

Teacher Notes PDF with LINKS

Bonus: ALL 3 passages (not questions) in Google Slides to help you differentiate


SAVE MORE and GET MORE with the Reading Assessment NONFICTION BUNDLE for 3rd Grade!!! (Click Here) This Bundle includes 10 sets of FICTION Assessments (for a total of 30 assessments) that are aligned to 3rd grade Reading Standards!


Want the BEST DEAL? The Standards-Based Reading Assessments FICTION and NONFICTION Bundle for 3rd Grade includes 10 sets of FICTION Assessments and 10 sets of NONFICTION Assessments (for a total of 60 assessments) that are aligned to 3rd grade Reading Standards! 


Here are the assessment units included in the Reading Assessment NONFICTION BUNDLE for 3rd Grade!!!

Ask and Answer Questions

Main Idea

Cause and Effect

Context Clues

Text Features

Point of View

Illustrations and Text

Logical Connections

Compare and Contrast

Reading Comprehension Informational Text


Need FICTION Assessments too?

Here are the assessment units included in the Reading Assessment FICTION BUNDLE for 3rd Grade!!!

Ask and Answer Questions

Central Message

Characters (FREE)

Cause and Effect

Context Clues

Elements of Stories, Drama, and Poems

Point of View

Text and Illustrations

Compare and Contrast

Reading Comprehension Fiction


Why you’ll love this resource:

  • Everything is here! No more scrambling to find standards-based assessments to target this reading standard!


  • The print and digital formats give you greater flexibility for use with your students.


  • The digital assessments are NO PREP and are self-grading in Google Forms.


  • The print version has a short passage and 5 questions on a single sheet of paper for easy printing.


  • The assessments make it easy to collect data for traditional or for standards-based report cards!


  • Google Slide decks (passages ONLY) are also included for all 3 passages. You may choose to use these passages to:
  1. Meet IEP and 504 requirements
  2. Highlight words or phrases for students
  3. Increase passage size and eliminate digital distraction for students
  4. Read the passage together (or to a small group) before assessing
  5. Add notes, task lists, or other helpful reminders to passages for students and more!


  • These may be used in a number of ways from formative and summative assessments, they can be used for guided reading, reader’s workshop, independent work, literacy centers, test prep, and more!!!


  • The assessments are Common Core Aligned but have no Common Core notations and coordinate well with a number of different sets of standards including TEKS and VSOL.


This resource assesses the following: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. RI 3.3


Still not sure? Try this FREE Characters Standards-Based Assessment and see what you think!


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