Lesson 1: What Causes Change?

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How do you identify change?
  • What are examples of changes that happen over time?

Facts and Definitions

  • You see changes by observing.
  • Observe means to watch something very closely to learn more about it.
  • Change is when something becomes different over time.
  • A cause is an action or something that makes something else happen.
  • The thing that happens as a result of the cause is the effect.


  • Observe and record changes in size, mass, color, position, quantity, time, temperature, sound, and movement (S)
  • Recognize changes in the environment (S)
  • Read or attempt to read own dictated story (LA)
  • Use naming words and action words (LA)
  • Express ideas through writing and conversation (LA)


  • construction paper (kit)
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • glue
  • markers
  • scissors


Ask your child what it means for something to change. Ask her if she has seen anything change and how she knew it had changed. Explain that change is when something becomes different over time.

In our world, change is always occurring, and most of the time we are not even aware that the changes are taking place.