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

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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 PDF with LINKS


***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


Thanks so much!

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This resource may only be placed on a password-protected website for your students, like Google Classroom™. It may not be placed anywhere else on the internet, on a class or school website visible to the public, or on a district server. Please email me if you have any questions: [email protected].


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