Determining Theme Puzzles | Printable and Digital Theme Activity

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Jennifer Findley
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These really helped my students identify theme. I gave only 3 pairs to a group which allowed them to discuss and confidently decide how they matched.
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Puzzles are not just for primary grades or math. These determining theme puzzles will not only allow your students to practice 4th/5th grade level theme skills, but they will also be engaged with the novel format.

Note: This reading center resource now includes DIGITAL reading puzzles as well as printable ones. See pages 3-4 of the PDF for the details and links..

About the Theme Activity

This reading center resource includes 18 theme puzzles to practice identifying the themes of fiction stories.

The themes in this center are not one-word themes. Instead, they are themes written as complete sentences.

Some of the stories will have similar themes as others. This makes it a great activity for the students to practice defending specific themes over others.

About the Printable Theme Puzzles

Three different direction versions are included to help you best use this resource for your students.

Version 1: The students will read each text, determine the theme, and then find the puzzle piece that matches.

Version 2: The students will read each text, determine the theme, write that theme in their words on their recording sheets, and then find the puzzle piece that best matches.

Version 3: This version is identical to Version 2, except optional distractor theme puzzle pieces are included.

Directions and specific recording sheets for the different versions can be found following the puzzle pieces. Answer keys are also included.

About the Digital Theme Puzzles

For the digital theme activity, the students will read three stories per slide and find the matching theme card.

To make this theme activity work in a digital format, the template has been modified and reimaged for optimal digital use.

There are TWO versions:

•Version 1 – Advanced – All 18 Theme choices are on each slide.

•Version 2- Scaffolded – Only 6 Theme choices are given on each slide.

These digital theme activities have been created for use with Google Slides. Please see the preview to see the digital theme puzzles (and the two versions).

Need More Theme Resources?

Click here to see my Supplemental Resource for Teaching Theme.

Click here to see my Comparing Themes Sort and Activity Pack.

Click here to see my Determining Themes Flipbook.

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.


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