Reading Comprehension

Cause and Effect

Inference and analysis, Verbal reasoning, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade, Kindergarten


Reading Comprehension


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Two events can sometimes be linked by cause and effect. 

A cause is why something happens.
An effect is what happens because of the cause.

Download our Cause and effect reading comprehension practice activities below.

These activities introduce causes and effects. When the cause is illustrated, you must draw the effect. When the effect is illustrated, you must draw the cause. Write a sentence below each image to explain the cause and effect. Why do you think this happened? What could have caused this? What will happen because of this?

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Cause and Effect EXAMPLE

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Cause: It is snowing.

Effect: Shang High is cold.


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Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. 

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