Quite some time ago, I was looking for something to help me teach/explain consequences of behavioral choices. Of course, I couldn't find something that fit the bill. Once again, I created something.
As a part of a bigger lesson in a small group session on consequences for behavioral choices, I teach cause and effect.
1. On a small white board that I hold in my hands while sitting at my group table I draw each of the following pictures one at a time and generate discussion. A rain cloud is the "cause." The "effect" happens after it rains. What might happen after it rains? (fill in one answer per line generated by the students - for example: makes flowers grow, gives grass and trees a drink, makes mud puddles, etc.). I then move on to the next picture. "Mean words are the cause. What might happen after the mean words (effect)?" "A punch is the cause. What might happen after the punch (effect)?"
3. After all the "causes" are completed, erase each one and replace with an "effect." Again, place a magnetic spinner in the middle of the circle and have students gently spin it. Students are to name a possible "cause" for each "effect" he/she lands on.
Sample Cause and Effect Statements
I find I am able to refer to this activity throughout the remainder of the group AND during any future sessions I have with the kiddos who have participated in this skill builder activity. I find it a fun, realistic, and easy way to discuss "consequences" of behavioral choices. The kids think it is fun to spin the spinner! Also, since I purposefully make the "causes" and "effects" specific to their age group and the concerns that have arisen - they seem to completely enjoy this particular activity.