These 32 Task Cards will help your students practice the important reading strategy of finding the theme using literature. Each task card has a short original story and asks students to identify the common theme that is shown. The passages included are ones that your students will enjoy.
I just love task cards and think they are such a versatile tool for the classroom. You can use them in a literacy center, in small groups, or even individually. Another option is to use one card at a time with the whole class. I like to keep a stack of cards on my desk that go with whatever concept we're working on and pull a few of them out to do together whenever we have a few extra minutes.
My favorite way to use task cards though, is to use them as a rotational activity. Simply print out the record sheet for each child and station the cards at different places around the room. You can call "Scoot" after a few minutes and kids rotate to the next station. Or depending upon the class, you can let the kids rotate to any card that's open. I love to send them on this "scavenger hunt" in buddies because I like to hear the kids collaborating on their answers. Kids love the movement too and it's always neat to see them really enjoying an activity and learning at the same time.
The task cards can be printed in color or grayscale and can be laminated and used again and again. Baggies are great to store them in or you could hole punch each card's corner and put them all on a ring. A plastic photo box or shoebox with dividers works really well to keep them organized.
***Please note: This task card set is also included in my very complete 79 page Themes in Literature Unit for 4th - 5th grades. It also includes passages, graphic organizers, and theme posters.
Themes in Literature
If you're looking for more resources which focus on theme, here are two theme games which are also included in a 10 Reading Games Bundle or a 20 Reading Games Bundle:
Theme in Stories Game
Theme in Drama and Poetry Game
10 Reading Games Bundle: Fiction
20 Reading Games Bundle: Fiction and Nonfiction
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