The Teaching Cause and Effect Routine


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Teachers use the Cause-and-Effect Routine to help students engage in higher-order reasoning and to think critically about an event, action, idea, topic or procedure, important key terms necessary for understanding causes and effects, and to summarize understanding.

Students whose teachers used the Cause-and-Effect Routine had significantly higher test scores on knowledge of the cognitive strategy steps, use of the strategic procedures, and note-taking than students in the comparison condition. Significant correlations were found between both student knowledge of the strategy and note-taking, and their ability to apply cause-and-effect reasoning in a study in 7th and 8th grade science and social studies classrooms.


Please note that professional development, coaching, and infrastructure support are essential components to effective implementation of SIM instructional tools and interventions. It is highly recommended that you work with a SIM professional developer. Please email simpd@ku.edu to learn more.


Teaching Cause and Effect, an iBook created for use on an iPad, is available in the iTunes store. It is also available as a PDF in the KUCRL Online Store