Teaching Theme!

I seriously can't believe I'm about to start my sixth week of school!  It's already flying by.  Things are off to a great start though.  This past week, I taught my little thirdies about the amazing topic of theme.  Let me tell ya, the resources for theme are scarce!  We started the week by creating an anchor chart.  After searching Pinterest for some inspiration, I can across this amazing chart.


This amazing chart was created by the Pinspired Teacher.  It also came with many other ready to make anchor charts that I can't wait to use!  Check it out my clicking on the photo above.   After learning about each of the different themes, I read the story The Perfect Pet and modeled how to identify the theme.  We then practiced with The Three Little Pigs.  Tuesday, I was sick.. so no theme practice that day!  Wednesday we practiced theme by reading short stories and using a web to identify the theme and identify evidence of the theme from the story.  The kids did really well.  

Then Thursday, I had an idea.  What if the students were able to illustrate characters who were demonstrating specific themes?  This would be a great way for them to demonstrate their understanding of the themes and be creative all in one!  My kids are very creative.  I thought they would do well.  And they did!  I was so proud of them and can't wait to put their work up on a bulletin board! 

This student is OBSESSED with construction trucks.  He drew them and in his sentence he wrote:  "My character is demonstrating the theme of cooperation by all of the workers are working together at the site."

You can download the printable by clicking HERE for free!  

Don't you just love them!?  Next week, we are continuing theme and I'm super excited for my kids to play my Theme Tic-Tac-Toe game!  I only play it when I teach third grade, which is every other year and I look forward to it every time! The students play tic-tac-toe against on another by picking a movie from the board, reading a summary and identifying the theme.  This includes everything you need:  x's and o's, extension questions, and an assessment.  I have mine all set out and ready to go for the week.  I just hope the kids enjoy it as much as I do!  If you wanna know more, just click one of the pictures below.  :)

 Well, I'm off to check something else off of my to-do list for the day!  I hope you are all well.  And as a thank you for reading all the way to the end, the first 4 people to comment on this post and leave their e-mail will receive the Teaching Theme with Movies product for free! :)  

Happy Labor Day Weekend!


  1. Teaching in the classroom using themes allows for a wide variety of learning to take place and are such a great resource!!!

    I would love a copy of your packet!!


  2. This is awesome!! Theme resources are so scarce! I am so glad you created this post and included the resources! Thank you :)


  3. Ciera, I was so excited when I saw your first post about this activity! You are so right about resources being scarce for teaching theme. Thanks so much for these terrific ideas. I can't wait to use them with my third graders! :)

    mlbowman@cableone.net or mary.bowman@lbsdk12.com

  4. What great resources! Thanks for sharing! I would love a copy of your packet!

    J. Davis

  5. The email for J. Davis is davisjen@sitkaschools.org

  6. Thanks for sharing. I like to use copies of the Values billboards to illustrate the concept of theme.



  7. I am your newest follower! I love the theme freebie. What a great idea!

    Thank you!


  8. I was in the middle of falling in love with your blog and your creative ideas, when I came across this post. I'm so happy the theme anchor chart is working well in your class and I love your idea of having students draw the theme. Were they creating characters from a specific book or creating them from their mind? I will be trying this!

    -The Pinspired Teacher

  9. Hi! I just came across your blog and I am floored! Your creativity is outstanding and I love the theme activites! I am in fact theaching theme tomorrow to my fourth graders. I would appreciate it so much if you could send me your movie theme packet! Thank you!


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