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Author: ReadingMatters
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Created: Dec 11, 2013
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Cause/Effect - Grade 5 (2)

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Some kids are lucky enough to have a playhouse or a tree house. Wouldn't it be fun to live in your own "luxury" playhouse - a beautiful, tiny house, with everything?

Some people are making this childhood dream come true. They are living in the tiniest possible houses. Some of these houses are less than 100 square feet - that’s a house just 10 wide and 10 feet long! They have a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, comfy chairs, a desk or table, and room to store clothes, shoes, books, CDs, and other stuff... but not too much other stuff.

Why do people want to live in such a small space? There are many reasons:

- They are inexpensive to build.
- They are inexpensive to maintain.
- Utility bills (electricity, water, heating gas or oil) are tiny.
- They are quick and easy to clean.
- They are very efficient - everything is within reach.
- They make a tiny carbon footprint compared to regular-sized houses.

Maybe most important, people who live in these houses say they feel free! They are not slaves to their houses. They don't have to spend all their money to pay for their houses - or all their time earning money to pay for their houses. They don't have to spend all their time fixing and cleaning their houses.
Grade 5 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3
A.
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: CCRA.R.4, RI.5.4
B.
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: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3
C.
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.