# Cause and Effect

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The cause in a story is what made something happen. The effect is what happened. Read the fable below.

#### Fable: THE WIND AND THE SUN.

A dispute once arose between the Wind and the Sun, as to which was the stronger. To decide the matter, they agreed to try their power on a traveler. That party which should first strip him of his cloak, was to win the day.

The Wind began. He blew a cutting blast, which tore up the mountain oaks by their roots, and made the whole forest look like a wreck.  But the traveler, though at first he could scarcely keep his cloak on his back, ran under a hill for shelter, and buckled his mantle about him more closely.

The Wind having thus tried his utmost power in vain, the Sun began. Bursting through a thick cloud, he darted his sultry beams so forcibly upon the traveler’s head, that the poor fellow was almost melted.

“This,” said he, “is past all bearing. It is so hot, that one might as well be in an oven.”

So he quickly threw off his cloak, and went into the shade of a tree to cool himself.  This fable teaches us, that gentle means will often succeed where forcible ones will fail.

Cause and Effect

1. The wind blew. It tore up the mountain oaks by their roots, and made the whole forest look like a wreck.  The traveler ran under a hill for shelter, and buckled his mantle about him more closely.
2. The sun beams so forcibly upon the traveler’s head.
The traveler quickly threw off his cloak, and went into the shade of a tree to cool himself.

### Cause and Effect in videos

Observe Ormie the Pig. Think about why he is doing what he is doing and what keeps happening to him. Discuss this with a friend.

Listen to the story below. Discuss with a friend or your parents cause and effects in the story.