Teaching Theme

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  1. Roobunny

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    Hi all! I'm gathering ideas for lessons I want to tweak and/or completely rework next year and I want to know how you teach theme. I covered it a bit last year when we did our unit of fairy tales, folktales, and fables, but it was the last unit of the year, we were rushed, and I don't think the kids caught on.

    I want to try and teach it throughout the year - maybe with a story map we can use with our read-alouds, but I feel like theme is a hard concept to grasp. What are some ways that you teach theme in your classroom?
     
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  3. queenie

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    I fill some bags with items that would be part of a theme, demonstrate how to determine the bag's theme for the first bag, then let the kids try and guess the theme for the other bags.

    Examples:

    candles, balloons, present (theme = birthday party)

    sunblock, sunglasses, popsicle (theme = summer)

    paint, crayons, scissors (theme = art/crafts)

    dice, cards, timer (theme = board games)


    After this, I talk about how themes exist in texts as well. I give them some examples of themes in stories we've already read, then I help them figure out what theme our current story might have.
     
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    Beth Newingham has some posters that she puts up each year and adds images of book covers as she reads them to the class and discusses the theme. It's a great visual reminder.
     
  5. Roobunny

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    Queenie - I love the idea of the theme bags!

    Iheart - I'm going to look on Beth Newingham's site. I already currently have a tab open for her site because I'm using her book labels to give me ideas on how to sort out my library by genres/topics instead of AR levels...another project I'm trying to get done. Whew!
     

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