These charts will help you teach your students how to trace cause and effect.

It's said that a butterfly flapping its wings can change the course of a hurricane halfway across the globe. The idea behind that is that lots of small causes can add up to big effects. On the other hand, one great big cause-such as that same hurricane-can have many different effects, depending on what you are measuring. Weather, economics, politics, even traffic, these are complicated systems, and your students should have a foundation for thinking about them.

The following charts offer many options for charting causes and effects, whether single into multiple, multiple into single, parallel, or other configurations.

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Printable Cause and Effect Organizers

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1 Cause 3 Effects Diagram

This chart allows you to list three effects resulting from a single cause.

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1 Cause 4 Effects Diagram

This chart allows you to list four effects resulting from a single cause.

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1 Cause 5 Effects Diagram

This chart allows you to list five effects resulting from a single cause.

1 Cause 6 Effects Diagram

This chart allows you to list six effects resulting from a single cause.

1 Cause 7 Effects Diagram

This chart allows you to list seven effects resulting from a single cause.

2 Row Cause Effect Diagram

A one to one cause and effect chart for tracking two parallel events.

3 Causes 1 Effect Diagram

This chart allows you to list three causes that add up to a single effect.

3 Row Cause Effect Diagram

A one to one cause and effect chart for tracking three parallel events.

4 Causes 1 Effect Diagram

This chart allows you to list four causes that add up to a single effect.

4 Row Cause Into Effect Diagram

A one to one cause and effect chart for tracking four parallel events.

5 Causes 1 Effect Diagram

This chart allows you to list five causes that add up to a single effect.

5 Row Cause Effect Diagram

A one to one cause and effect chart for tracking five parallel events.

6 Causes 1 Effect Diagram

This chart allows you to list six causes that add up to a single effect.

7 Causes 1 Effect Diagram

This chart allows you to list seven causes that add up to a single effect.