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Fifth Grade (Grade 5) Cause and Effect Questions

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Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RL.5.5
On February 7, 1867, Laura Ingalls was born in the Big Woods near Pepin, Wisconsin. She was the second daughter born to Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Laura lived through a difficult period of history and overcame a variety of struggles. Yet through it all, she still managed to become a great and valuable author of children's books. It is through her contributions that many children have learned about life on the frontier.

Laura moved more than once in her life. In her early life it was always by covered wagon. Laura's father was inspired by the Homestead Act of 1862 which made it possible to obtain 160 acres of land with certain provisions. With this in mind he took his family to Montgomery County in Kansas and settled there. The land that they had settled on was technically Native American Territory, so not long after they moved there they were forced to move out. In 1871, they moved back to Wisconsin. In 1874, the family settled in Plum Creek, Minnesota, and lived there for several years. Later, the Ingalls moved to the town of De Smet in Dakota Territory. They were the first settlers in the town. While here, the Ingalls once again attempted to get land through the provisions of the Homestead Act. They succeeded, and in 1886 Charles Ingalls officially had a farm of his own.

The settlers of the frontier faced many challenges including the threat of horrendous weather, starvation, plagues, and sickness. For example, in 1874 there was a giant Grasshopper Plague that swept in a Z shape across the lands of Oregon, Dakota Territory, Kansas, and Missouri. Lakes of grasshoppers three inches deep were not uncommon. The grasshoppers devoured everything around them. They ate the crops, the vegetables, clothing, and even each other. Many of the settlers had to leave the lands due to the plague.

Which sentence from the passage shows cause and effect?
  1. Laura moved more than once in her life.
  2. Later, the Ingalls moved to the town of De Smet in Dakota Territory.
  3. The land that they had settled on was technically Native American Territory, so not long after they moved there they were forced to move out.
  4. Many of the settlers had to leave the lands due to the plague.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RL.5.1
Mrs. Marcozzi didn't remind the students to wear their pride shirts for Friday's Fanfare, therefore, many of the students forgot. What is the EFFECT?
  1. Mrs. Marcozzi didn't remind the students to wear their pride shirts
  2. Many students forgot to wear their pride shirts.
  3. There was a Fanfare celebration on Friday.
  4. The students weren't required to wear their pride shirts.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect
Due to sending home various notes from the office and writing reminders in our planner, the students brought in a total of 435 packages of pasta for the schoolwide service project.

What is the EFFECT?
  1. The students brought in packages of pasta.
  2. The students at MLR were participating in a project.
  3. The students at MLR were very generous.
  4. Notes went home and reminders were written in planners.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.1
Due to sending home various notes from the office and writing reminders in our planner, MLR students brought in a total of 435 packages of pasta for the schoolwide service project.

What is the CAUSE?
  1. The students brought in packages of pasta.
  2. The students at MLR were participating in a project.
  3. The students at MLR were very generous.
  4. Notes went home and reminders were written in planners.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.3

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What would be one of the effects of having such a small house?
  1. You would not be able to have people visit you.
  2. You would have to limit your belongings.
  3. You would have to live way out in the country.
  4. You would not be able to own your own car.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.1

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What could happen if a can opener is not included in the emergency kit?
  1. You would run out of water.
  2. You might need more batteries.
  3. You would have trouble staying warm.
  4. You might not be able to eat the food you brought.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.1

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Which of these events would cause problems in getting food and water?
  1. Losing electrical power
  2. Having a summer storm
  3. Forgetting extra batteries
  4. Getting too much rain at once
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.3

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What might cause people to decide to build a small house like the ones described here?
  1. They do not want to live in a city apartment.
  2. They have a great deal of extra furniture.
  3. They do not have a great deal of money to spend.
  4. They enjoy the processes of cleaning and repairing.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.1

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The reason for having a battery-powered radio in an emergency kit is so that you can...
  1. listen to your favorite music.
  2. keep up with the latest news reports.
  3. find out where your other family members are.
  4. make sure you have enough supplies for everyone.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.4

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What causes people who live in small homes to say they "feel free"?
  1. They do not have to pay any utility bills.
  2. They do not have to clean or repair their homes.
  3. They do not have to share their houses with anyone else.
  4. They do not have to spend lots of time on money on their homes.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RL.5.3

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According to the story, how does Janie affect Marcus during the play?
  1. She gets the drama teacher to replace him at the last minute.
  2. She tells him that even famous people, like Bruce Willis, stutter.
  3. She causes him to laugh onstage and ruin his performance.
  4. She helps him get the courage to continue his performance.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: RI.5.1
Why do scientists want to learn more about sea turtles?
  1. They want to keep people from polluting the water.
  2. They want to see how humans use turtle shells.
  3. They want to learn how to save more sea turtles.
  4. They want to watch baby sea turtles hatch.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect
This sub-genre is where the author writes about his or her own life.
  1. biography
  2. autobiography
  3. fantasy
  4. historical fiction
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