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Using Animated Shorts to Teach Theme

Teaching Reading and Writing Skills with Animated Short Films

If you are looking for some high interest activities to enhance your theme lessons, try using animated shorts to teach reading skills. 

This post contains the animated short film “Mater and the Ghostlight” found on Youtube and inserted in this post. Download the accompanying handout leveled for upper elementary students here. Continue Reading

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Teaching Theme with Because of Mr. Terupt

Because of Mr. Terupt Free Theme Activity

Because of Mr. Terupt is a phenomenal book! It features seven narrators telling about their 5th grade year at Snow Hill School. Each narrator has a unique problem s/he must work through.  Students include:

  • Luke – the class genius
  • Jeffrey – the boy with a secret who hates school
  • Peter – the class clown
  • Danielle – who wants friends
  • Jessica – the new girl in town
  • Anna – the outcast because of her family history
  • Lexie – the bully

Teaching Theme

With so many conflicts to solve, Because of Mr. Terupt is a perfect book for teaching theme. In this activity, students complete a table by thinking about the main characters in the book. What challenge, problem, or conflict does each character go through? Add what the characters learn. In what important way does each character change? This will be the major themes in the book. Continue Reading

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Five Ways to Teach Theme

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Teaching Theme

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.

Here are five ways to teach theme: Continue Reading

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