Cause and Effect Using Informational Text 3rd Grade Print and Digital

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Cause and effect is so much fun to teach and this print and digital unit make it easy too! Everything you need is here for a complete reading unit! It includes 6 passages (two each: Historical, Scientific, and Technical), two sets of task cards, posters, and 10 graphic organizers. The unit is specifically designed to target cause and effect standards in a way your kids will enjoy with topics that will capture their interest.

It includes: (Print and Digital)
2 Sets of Task Cards with 32 per set
Picture Task Cards
Animal Task Cards

6 Posters
10 Graphic Organizers
Cause and Effect Clue Words Handout

6 Double-Sided Passages for each type of text
Historical Text:
1. The Liberty Bell
2. Pocahontas

Scientific Text:
1. Coral Reefs
2. The Platypus

Technical Text
1. How to Make a Smoothie
2. Weave on a Loom

Answer Keys
Teacher Notes
Teacher Notes for Digital with LINKS


Why you’ll love this resource:

  • There are a variety of formats included from passages, to task cards, posters, and more!
  • The unit comes in both print and digital, making it perfect for the classroom, for homeschool, and distance learning.
  • The materials are all engaging and fun!
  • All of the materials are easy to prep for the busy teacher!
  • There are TWO SETS of task cards! One set has animals and a cause and effect statement and the other has actual pictures like burnt cookies, broken glasses, or flat tires.
  • The passages are high interest and cover historical, scientific, and technical text!
  • The unit may be used in a number of ways from guided reading, to reader’s workshop, independent work, literacy centers, exit slips, homework, whole class games, test prep, and more!!!



Need a 4th/5th grade version? The task cards, posters, and graphic organizers are the same but the passages are geared to 4th/5th grade:
Cause and Effect for 4th/5th Grade


Also, I do want to suggest a great set of reading centers that would go well with this reading unit. There is a game for EACH READING STANDARD!!! It comes in a set of 10 for fiction, a set of 10 for nonfiction, or a bundle of 20 reading centers specifically for 3rd grade!
Fiction and Nonfiction 20 Reading Centers – Yearlong Bundle for 3rd Grade
10 Nonfiction Reading Centers Bundle for 3rd Grade
10 Fiction Reading Centers Bundle for 3rd Grade


If you’re looking for more Cause and Effect practice, here are a few resources you might like. They may be used for centers, whole class, test prep, or for one on one:
Cause and Effect Reading Center (for 3rd grade)
Cause and Effect Center (for 4th and 5th grades)
Famous American Cause and Effect Task Cards (for 3rd – 5th grades)
Cause and Effect Task Cards for Winter


Thanks so much!

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