After a confusing cause and effect lesson, I went home and started to brainstorm ways to make this concept easier.
I went online to search for pictures of the following:
A baby crying
A kid making a face
A car stuck in mud
A team celebrating
A broken car windshield
The next day I took these pictures to school and taped each to its own large chart paper. I wrote "Effect" next to each picture, drew a line under it, and wrote "Cause".
I spilt the children into teams, each team with their own color marker (so I knew what team wrote the cause). I told them that the picture is what happened. It's the EFFECT. They had to come up with the cause (or what MADE it happen).
It was a GREAT lesson and the kids really understood cause and effect that way.
Hopefully when I review in a couple weeks they'll still "get it".