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Engaging With Cause-and-Effect Relationships Through Creating Comic Strips

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Engaging With Cause-and-Effect Relationships Through Creating Comic Strips

Grades 2 – 4
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Deb Hamilton

Monett, Missouri


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Any of the following Laura Joffe Numeroff picture books: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Party, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, If You Take a Mouse to School, If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

  • Computers with Internet access and printer(s)

  • Notebook paper, white paper, colored pencils, crayons, fine tip markers

  • Document projector and screen

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Comic Creator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).


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  1. Gather your selection of Laura Joffe Numeroff picture books and familiarize yourself with the various cause-and-effect relationships in each book.

  2. If you want students to use the interactive tools Comic Creator or Make Beliefs Comix, review and bookmark the tool on the computers the students will be using. If you’d prefer to provide students with a preprinted template, go to the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, select and print a template, and make the appropriate number of copies for students.

  3. Review the Comic Strip Checklist and the Comic Strip Rubric. Print out one copy of each for every student.

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