Hi readers, and Happy Friday! We hope you’re already on break enjoying quality time with family. (And maybe a few quality holiday treats too!)
This week’s template covers a topic we can all relate to: Cause and Effect.
In school, this template allows your child/student to:
- Analyze cause and effect;
- Show the direct relationship between an event and the conditions that resulted from the event; and
- Understand the implications of an event.
It may seem simple, but the template is a powerful tool for looking at complex events that had far-reaching historical effects, such as the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, the California gold rush or the September 11th attacks in New York City. (If you are an educator, see below for how this template supports the Common Core State Standards.)
But what about using this template away from the hallways of learning? Sit with your younger kids and have them think about Santa coming to town, or a snow day off school. Do boys and girls change their behavior because of Santa? When it snows, what happens to teachers on the days they don’t teach? Encourage older kids to think about what shopping for gifts might mean for the economy; what are the good and bad effects of buying that Justin Bieber poster?
Cause and effect relationships are a crucial part of both life at home and time spent in the classroom, so why not add this template to the tools you use for examining them? With only 4 shopping days left until Christmas, now is definitely the time for the gift of graphic organizing. . .so head on over to the App Store and get Inspiration Maps for only $9.99!
Signing off from Inspiration HQ,
FOR TEACHERS: If this looks like a good tool for when your kids are back in class–and you’re looking for lesson plans–visit http://www.inspiration.com/lessonplans/inspirationmaps and scroll down to “English Language Arts.” When you click on “Researching Causes and Effects,” you’ll download a lesson plan as well as a completed example template.
Use this template to help students develop the writing skills required by the Common Core State Standards, specifically W6.2, 7.2 and 8.2:
“Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful.”