Cause and Effect Standards-Based Reading Assessments Nonfiction 4th Grade

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This Cause and Effect Standards-Based Reading Assessment for 4th grade includes both print and digital formats (in self-grading Google Forms) to give you valuable information to help drive instruction. The three nonfiction assessments ask students to find causes and effects using historical, scientific, or technical text.


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 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 4th Grade!!! (Click Here) This Bundle includes 10 sets of FICTION Assessments (for a total of 30 assessments) that are aligned to 4th grade Reading Standards!


Want the BEST DEAL? The Standards-Based Reading Assessments FICTION and NONFICTION Bundle for 4th Grade includes 10 sets of FICTION Assessments and 10 sets of NONFICTION Assessments (for a total of 60 assessments) that are aligned to 4th grade Reading Standards! 



Here are the assessment units included in the Reading Assessment NONFICTION BUNDLE for 4th Grade!!!

Right There and Making Inferences

Main Idea

Cause and Effect

Context Clues

Informational Text Structures

Compare and Contrast Firsthand and Secondhand Accounts

Informational Text with Charts and Graphs

Text Evidence

Paired Texts

Reading Comprehension Nonfiction


Here are the assessment units included in the Reading Assessment FICTION BUNDLE for 4th Grade!!!

FREE Right There and Making Inferences



Characters, Settings, and Events

Context Clues

Elements of Poetry, Drama, and Prose

Point of View

Connections Between Text, Visual, and Oral Presentations

Compare and Contrast

Reading Comprehension for 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.


  • 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: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. RI 4.3



Still not sure? Try this FREE Right There Information and Making Inferences Fiction Reading Assessment to see what you think!



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