Interactive Writing Notebook for First Grade - First Grade Centers and More. First lesson is topic sentence with two reason sentences; progresses to 3 reason sentences; then includes a closing sentence as the year progresses.
Super Teacher Worksheets has printable cause and effect worksheets. Check out this worksheet where students can play a matching game while learning the relationship between cause and effect! Add sentence combining for ESL.
Might be a good way to start the year (especially if you have a lot of new students). I would allow students to pick some maybe) that they are willing to have shared. Then you could use it as an ice breaker also ~ Nice prompts for back to school.