Lesson 1. Theme Topics and Vocabulary:
Students a variety of them topics and relating vocabulary. Understanding vocabulary relating to theme is key to being successful with this skill.
Included in Lesson 1:
*A graphic organizer with 20 different theme topics which are covered in the task cards
* A blank graphic organizer is provided so students can write their own definitions for each vocabulary word. The graphic organizer can be used for students to write short definitions for each word, or for students to draw a picture in each block demonstrating the meaning of each theme vocabulary word.
*A suggested key is provided for the graphic organizer.
* Lesson ideas for teaching theme vocabulary
Lesson 2. Using Theme Vocabulary in Story Titles:
*Review theme vocabulary, and insure students know the various theme topics. Have students generate additional theme topics and possible childhood stories (e.g. Beauty and the Beast, Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears, etc.). Have students predict the lesson in these familiar stories that many of them will know.
*When shown books, students predict possible theme topics and possible themes based on the story title.
*Students identify the vocabulary in the title or the graphic which gave them a clue to the theme topic.
*Teacher lesson ideas
Lesson 3. Theme Statements
2 theme posters
24 task cards
1 theme bridge graphic organizer
1 student answer sheet
In this lesson, students look at the different answer choices and decide between a big idea/author’s message, a main idea, and answers which contain story details. You may wish to post the first worksheet or stories up on the overhead or projector to provide whole class modeling/directions for the task card activities. Ultimately, they will learn that the theme is not the main idea and how to tell the difference.
The teacher can also use the graphic organizer and require students to craft the theme statement and identify 3 supporting details.Consider Buying Theme Set 2:
24 Task Cards will help your students gain confidence in finding the theme of a story.
Set 1: Realistic Fiction (Cards 1-8) These is the easiest set and the easiest for students to relate to.
.Set 2: Science Fiction (Cards 9-16) these may be a little more challenging because science fiction deals with creatures and concepts which are not real.
Set 3: Historical Fiction (Cards 17-24) these relate to historical events and require more attention to new details.
1. Leland and His Puppy (Love)
2. The Lost Dog (Kindness/Caring)
3. Not Playing Fair (Fairness)
4. Believing in Sally (Trust)
5. A Trip to Yellowstone Park (Fear)
6. A Dozen Successes (Hard Work)
7. Phillip and the Mean Boys (Good vs Bad)
8. Rico, an Unexpected Friend (Friendship)
9. Robby the Robot (Cheating)
10. Lappy the Green Lapa Bear (Love)
11. The Little Alien (Compassion/Caring)
12. A Ride on a Rocket (Patience)
13. Aliens at School (Acceptance)
14. The Automated House (Laziness)
15. The New Robots: An Upgrade (Respect)
16. Monsters in My Closet (Fear)
17. My Trip with Rosa (Injustice/Racism)
18. Twelve Years as a Slave (Perseverance)
19. The Thacher Orphans and the Oregon Trail (Bravery)
20. A Surprise from Katrina (Being Prepared)
21. The Least Expected Hero's (Teamwork)
22. Abe and the Rain Storm (Honesty)
23. My Brothers, and Their Flying Machine (Teamwork)
24. Heng from Cambodia (Acceptance)
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Task Card Set 1 Teaching Theme Task Cards: Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends
Great for Grades 3-5, remedial 6th, and there are 3 levels of answer sheets to provide differentiation for your students. These task cards have also been used for state standards review and remediation, as well as adapted for reading alternate assessments for theme. Great for centers, review, drill and practice, pair/share activities, morning warm-ups, theme exit slips, and so much more!
A Step by Step Modified Approach to Teaching Theme: A Great Introductory Unit
A fantastic introductory theme Unit! Great for Grades 2 through 4, and can be adapted for special needs students. Teaches theme and supporting detail using realistic fiction, legends, and folk tales. Theme task card sets 1 and 2 are great follow-up activities after teaching this theme unit!