Theme & Main Idea. Teach kids to learn the difference between the two, and they will FINALLY understand how they both function in books!

Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme

Theme & Main Idea. Teach kids to learn the difference between the two, and they will FINALLY understand how they both function in books!

ahhhh hang up the higher order questions then you won't forget to ask the right questions the one day you are scored :)

ahhhh hang up the higher order questions then you won't forget to ask the right questions the one day you are scored :)

make this poster at the beginning of the year and add to it as we read -- my kids always have a hard time with theme

make this poster at the beginning of the year and add to it as we read -- my kids always have a hard time with theme

Theme anchor chart - I'd also read that you post story/book titles and their theme(s) as a running list to refer to.

Theme anchor chart - I'd also read that you post story/book titles and their theme(s) as a running list to refer to.

Five mini-lessons to teach theme. (Part of a larger article on teaching your students to identify themes in their reading.)

11 Essential Tips for Teaching Theme in Language Arts

Five mini-lessons to teach theme. (Part of a larger article on teaching your students to identify themes in their reading.)

Teaching Theme: Anchor Chart- I love the idea of using anchor charts! This one in particular seems to be really helpful. Students always have a hard time trying to figure out the theme of what they are reading, especially when you are first introducing how to do that! I think that this activity would make it a little bit easier for them to do on their own.

Teaching Theme: Anchor Chart- I love the idea of using anchor charts! This one in particular seems to be really helpful. Students always have a hard time trying to figure out the theme of what they are reading, especially when you are first introducing how to do that! I think that this activity would make it a little bit easier for them to do on their own.

Theme Anchor Chart... I like that it mentions the author's purpose. - I like this template to use in my classroom over different stories.

Theme Anchor Chart... I like that it mentions the author's purpose. - I like this template to use in my classroom over different stories.

This theme topic handout is included in the Themes in Literature Unit by The Teacher Next Door. Finding themes in literature becomes easier with practice and soon your students will be seeing themes in every book. Fun! $

Themes in Literature for 4th and 5th Grade

This theme topic handout is included in the Themes in Literature Unit by The Teacher Next Door. Finding themes in literature becomes easier with practice and soon your students will be seeing themes in every book. Fun! $

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