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How Did That Happen? Understanding Cause & Effect

from SOITA Learning Technologies

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Following the chain of events in a story can make readers feel like they are on a rollercoaster – each incident has the potential to lead to a smooth turn or a sudden drop. Students will be amazed by the way a single event can cause a chain reaction that will lead to a conclusion they never expected. Join us as we learn to identify cause and effect relationships, explain how incidents influence future actions and develop our own cause and effect statements.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00
Point to Point Premium: $135.00
By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $135.00

This program is available as a point-to-point video conference at a pre-requested date/time at $150 for CILC Members and $135 for CILC Premium members.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No more than 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available as a point-to-point video conference at a pre-requested date/time at $150 for CILC Members and $135 for CILC Premium members.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

About This Provider

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SOITA Learning Technologies

Dayton, OH
United States

Our mission at SOITA is to provide educators instructional technology services that will assist them in optimizing student learning and achievement. SOITA offers several choices for professional development and student learning via distance learning. Visit

Caitlin Blackford

Program Details


Program Outline:
1. Review cause and effect
2. Discuss the book The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash. Review the chain of events and identify examples of cause and effect relationships from the book
3. Analyze various examples of cause/effect statements (introductory/intermediate), identifying the cause and effect in each
4. Students will develop and illustrate their own cause and effect sentence.
5. Volunteers share statements
6. Come up with a school-related cause/effect statement together
7. Together, use the Cause/Effect Diamante Poem format and interactive to create a cause/effect diamante poem
8. Review/Questions
Discuss the terms:

• Cause: why something happened

• Effect: the event that happened because of the cause; the result


Students will be able to:
• Define and identify cause and effect
• Explain how cause and effect relationships establish a chain of events
• Generate and illustrate examples of cause and effect statements
• Learn the structure and format of a diamante poem through shared writing
• Apply their knowledge of cause and effect in diamante poem format
• Follow multi-step oral directions

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.

NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.

NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills
Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).