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Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters

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Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 30- to 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Leliaert

Fishers, Indiana


International Literacy Association


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Lisa Waddill

October 08, 2011

I used this lesson twice: once with my class, and once in Saturday School. Both times it went over very well! I substituted an article about Yellowstone Wildfires as my students could make connections with our recent wildfire in Bastrop, Texas. Then, I extended it to individual practice using a recent Scholastic News article from their September 19th edition, "Hide and Sneak," by Laura Modigliani. They were able to do a fantastic job. Thank you for the great lesson!


Kaylee Olney, RWT Staff

January 19, 2010

Thanks for your suggestion, Jennifer. We chose to align ReadWriteThink.org lessons only to ELA standards because the primary objectives of our lessons are always related to reading and the English language arts. IRA and NCTE are not experts in the field of science education, and we fear we would be overstepping ourselves if we claimed science alignments.

If you're looking for lessons relating to science standards, I encourage you to visit our Thinkinfity partner ScienceNetLinks (http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/). A search at http://Thinkfinity.org will also turn up standards-based lesson plans for a variety of content area subjects, including math, geography, the arts, and humanities.


Jennifer Powell

January 17, 2010

I am the Gifted Educational Assistant, I teach all subjects to gifted students in grades 2-8, I write individualized learning plans and lessons for 9 students. I would like to see the correlations to other content areas. For this lesson it would be Science!

Thank you,
Jennifer Powell

P.S. I use Read Write Think weekly for reading and language arts lessons for my students.



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