Understanding Cause and Effect

Students will learn about cause and effect as they understand the consequences man faces when time travel is attempted.   Includes cross-curricular ties to science. This lesson includes a short story with cause and effect relationships and also includes some cross-curricular ties to science in a supplemental piece about ecosystems.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3001.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3001.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3001.5.2
Analyze text for fact and opinion, cause/effect, inferences, evidence, and conclusions.
CLE 3002.4.1
Define and narrow a problem or research topic.
CLE 3002.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
CLE 3002.4.3
Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources, including information gathered from websites.
CLE 3002.5.2
Analyze text for fact and opinion, cause-effect, inferences, evidence, and conclusions.
GLE 0801.5.2
Analyze text for fact-opinion, cause-effect, inferences, evidence, and conclusions.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Students will:

  • Use their imaginations as they determine what time period they would like to visit.
  • Listen to the short story A Sound of Thunder.
  • Retell parts of the short story A Sound of Thunder.
  • Respond to the short story A Sound of Thunder by writing cause/effect outcomes about the ecosystem.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • LCD Projector
  • Screen
  • Computer Lab or Classroom computers
  • Time Travel PowerPoint Presentation - Student Sample (PPT)
  • The Butterfly Effect Printable (PDF)
  • I use the short story A Sound of Thunder as a read aloud for this lesson. You may want to choose one from your library or substitute books about time travel like these: The Time Bike by Jane Langton or The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure by Elvira Woodruff
  • Transparency
  • Overhead Projector

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