These worksheets examine the relationships between cause and effect, and offer exercises for your students.

The following collection of worksheets offers example sentences of cause and effect relationships. Students must identify which piece is which. Answer keys are provided where necessary. Teach your students to be wary of false correlations! Just because an event follows another doesn't necessarily mean it is a consequence of that event. This is known as the post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this") fallacy, and is one reason the scientific method was developed.

Helpful hint! In reading and writing, the words "because" and "so" (and their synonyms) can be good indicators of a cause and effect relationship.

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Stormy Sentences

Write a complete sentence that includes both the cause and the effect.

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Part Identification

Determine which is the cause and which is the effect in each sentence.

Finding What Fits

Determine which is the cause and which is the effect in each sentence. Underline the cause.

Matching Sides

Find the matching parts and then write out the full sentence.

What's Up?

Read each sentence. Match the sentences that go together. Then rewrite them into the table below, putting the sentences in to the correct columns.

Example Me Up

You will need to come up with the effect here.

What Happened and Why?

Read each sentence. Answer the questions.

The Big Mess

Read the story. Complete the chart below.

What's the Cause?

Read the effect and then write a cause. Then write a complete sentence that includes both the cause and the effect. Follow the example.

Read Into It

Break apart each sentence.

Beach Balls

Swing through all the Beach Balls and see what you have going on.

Mixed Up Sentences

The sentences below are all mixed up. Unscramble the sentences to match the causes with the right effects.

A Dragon Tale

Follow the example and you should be good to go.

Getting Effected

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A Smashing Performance!

Read the story. Complete the chart below.