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

What is the concept of cause and effect? You've probably heard about both of these words quite a lot of times. If we were to explain the relationship these words have with each other, it would with a lot of examples. Think about you woke up early in the morning with the sound of your alarm clock, yelling in your ear. You waking up with the loud sound is the cause. Without the alarm buzzing, you might have overslept. This means that the alarm had an effect on you when it woke you up. This is known as the cause and effect relationship when one thing/event makes (cause) the other event follows it as a result of it, or makes it happen (effect). In such kind of a relationship, it is important that both the events must occur at the same time. This means that whenever the cause happens, the effect must also occur at the same time. The strength of both events also depends on each other.

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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Cause and Effect Graphic Organizers

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1 Cs - 3 Es Diagram

This chart allows you to list three results from a single problem.

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1 C - 4 Es Diagram

This chart allows you to list four outcomes resulting from a single starting point.

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1 C - 5 Es Diagram

This chart allows you to list five outcomes resulting from a single breaking point.

1 C - 6 Es Diagram

This chart allows you to list six outcomes resulting from a single event.

1 C - 7 Es Diagram

This chart allows you to list seven outcomes resulting from a single starting point.

2 Row Diagram

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

3 Cs - 1 Effect Diagram

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

3 Row Diagram

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

4 Cs 1 Effect Diagram

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

4 Row Cs Into 1 E Diagram

Track four parallel events at one time with this bad boy.

5 Cs - 1 E Diagram

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

5 Row Cs - 1 E Diagram

Got a lot of events to keep tabs on? This one is for tracking five parallel events.

6 Cs - 1 E Diagram

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

7 Cs - 1 Diagram

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