Looking for an engaging way to teach theme?
Theme is an important concept in all grade levels. It is a common core anchor standard for reading.
Included in this packet are: 4 blank iPhones, 12 iPhones with a specific theme written on them, 1 larger iPhone with a list of common themes in literature, 1 graphic organizer, and 1 assessment data sheet.
The blank iPhones can be laminated and students can use dry-erase markers to write the theme in whole class, cooperative group, or guided reading lessons. They can write the text evidence on the back of the phone. The large iPhone can be used to differentiate and support students who are having trouble generating the theme on their own. The smaller iPhones with specific themes can be displayed in the classroom with titles (or pictures) of books that have that theme. They could be used for a sort as well, if you typed up titles of books the students have previously read. Please see my blog below for how I used these in my first grade classroom. I have included a graphic organizer for students to show text evidence to support the theme. I have also included an assessment data form to record students’ progress. There are two columns. One to track their progress on identifying the theme and the other for the text evidence used to support the theme. If you happen to live in Ohio, the PARCC sample items include questions where students need to identify the theme and the text evidence.
The themes included on the iPhone are: Be honest, Be kind to others, Don’t give up, Be a good friend, Work together, Be brave, Be giving, Put other people’s needs before your own, Take of your loved ones, Work hard, and Be happy with who you are.