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This resource contains 3 theme center activities for you to use in your classroom. These games are an engaging, hands on way to help your students be better able to find the theme of a text.
This resource includes the following 3 theme centers for upper elementary students (4th grade, 5th grade):
First Center: Theme Mazes
These 5 mazes are designed to help students think about how themes and main ideas are related and how they are different.
In the first two mazes, students must distinguish between themes and main ideas. Students shade in possible themes (and don’t shade in main ideas statements) in order to complete the mazes.
In the last 3 mazes, students are provided a theme and possible main ideas. Students must shade in the main ideas statements from stories that could support the provided theme. Students must distinguish between main ideas that support the provided theme and main idea statements that don’t support the theme.
A student recording sheet is provided to help you understand your students’ thinking. Students can complete the same recording sheet for each of the 5 mazes.
Included: 5 theme mazes, a student recording sheet to help you understand your students' thinking, and answer keys.
Second Center: Theme Sort
This can be an independent, partner, or small group activity. Students are given 4 different themes and 12 short stories. Students must read the stories, determine the theme, and sort the stories appropriately.
Included: 4 theme cards, 12 short stories, student recording sheet, and answer key
Third Center: Theme Writing Center
Students choose a character, setting, and theme, and then write a story incorporating all of those elements. Ideas for characters, settings, and themes are provided if your students need some ideas.
There is writing paper for both a short story and a longer story, depending on your needs and your students’ writing abilities.
Included: Idea sheet, writing paper for both shorter and longer stories, and a grading rubric
You might also like some of my other theme or main idea activities :
Kalena Baker, Teaching Made Practical