Most kids have a love relationship with insects. They love to pick them up. They love to look at them. Or, they love to read about them. Maximize this by using insects to teach cause and effect.
When working with a small guided reading group, hand each student their very own cause and effect kit. These insect containers were purchased at Dollar Tree for $1.00 each and they come equipped with tweezers. If you are unable to find them, use plastic containers.
Print a copy of an insect onto a 2 x 2 inch square. Laminate each square and use with a dry erase marker. If you are teaching about cause and effect, have students write down text details that assist them in determining the causes of whatever is happening in the text.
By the time that they finish, they will have a container of insects with text evidence on them.