Theme Task Cards for 4th & 5th Grades Print and Digital

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4th - 5th, Homeschool
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  1. These 14 sets of reading task cards (448 task cards!) in both print and digital (for Google Classroom™ and other educational platforms) will help your students practice a variety of important reading strategies including Cause and Effect (2 sets), Character Traits, Inferences Using Literature (2 set
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These 32 Theme Task Cards in both print and digital for Google Classroom™ will help your 4th and 5th grade 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.

This set includes: (Print and Digital)

32 Task Cards

Record Sheet

Answer Key

Teacher Notes

Teacher Notes for Digital with the Link and Step by Step Instructions for Making an Assignment in Google Classroom™

***PLEASE NOTE: This task card set is also included in my very complete print and digital Themes in Literature Unit for 4th - 5th grades. It also includes passages, graphic organizers, and theme posters.

Themes in Literature

Why you'll love this resource:

  • The task cards give your students concentrated practice with theme, so students get multiple opportunities to identify the theme in one time frame.

  • The digital format is NO prep and is self-grading to save you time.

  • Task cards seem less overwhelming than longer passages for many students.

  • The task cards have a variety of themes, which will help to increase their vocabulary.

  • Students view task cards as more of a game, which makes them fun!

  • It's easy to turn the cards into an actual game by adding a tic-tac-toe on a whiteboard or a board game.

  • The task cards may be used in a number of ways, from reading centers, to whole class, one on one, test prep, SCOOT, exit slip, and more!!!

Want more theme materials? I also have two digital reading units for Theme that have completely original content. These paperless units are created for Google Slides™ with moveable drag and drop pieces. They also work in OneNote if you open the Google Slides™ file as a PowerPoint. Students really love these!

4th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Theme for Google Slides™

5th Grade Digital Reading Unit: Theme for Google Slides™

If you're looking for reading games that focus on theme, here are two that 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

Finally, if you like my work, I would love for you to follow me by clicking on the green star at the top of the page.

Thanks so much!


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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, 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.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.


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