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Theme – Task Cards (16 Engaging Stories for Reading Differentiation) | Print & Digital Google Slides

Mastering theme can be challenging, but this resource makes it easier for teachers and students. It includes task cards, recording sheets, and digital options for differentiation. Great for 4th-6th grade. Also part of money-saving bundles. Check out the preview for more details!


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  • Digital or Print
  • Challenge Cards to extend the lesson
  • Reference Poster
  • Audio Support
  • Self-Checking and Short Answer
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 4th, 5th, or 6th grade!


This resource is part of a money-saving Reading Strategies bundle!

This bundle includes these resources:

  • Making Inferences Task Cards
  • Informational Text Structure Task Cards
  • Main Idea Task Cards
  • Summarizing Task Cards
  • Cause & Effect Task Cards
  • Compare & Contrast Task Cards
  • Author’s Purpose Task Cards

This resource is also part of more money-saving bundles including:

  • Reading Strategies MEGA-BUNDLE
  • ELA Best Sellers Bundle
  • Finding Theme Bundle

NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable.

Theme is a challenging concept. While these cards can be used for individual practice (especially when using the multiple-choice format), you may want to consider using them with your entire class or a small group by reading each story aloud and working together to determine the theme.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️WoW! These were the perfect addition to my theme unit! The stories worked out nicely for group/partner work and individual assessment. Thank you!” -Sandy W.

✏️These really helped my students understand that theme is more than a summary.” -Cindi P.

✏️I used this for my lesson I planned and taught for my TPA and it went with flying colors. I did a whole unit on theme of stories, short and long. Thanks!” -Ashley B.


  • Close Reading Comprehension Passages
  • Reading Responses (LitSparks)
  • Reading Fluency Task Cards (Upper Elementary)

Common Core Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.


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  • About the Author

    These passages were written by me, Rachel Lynette. I am a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. I have written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. These passages reflect more than a decade of professional writing experience.

    Terms of Use

    This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded.

    If you want to share this resource with colleagues, please purchase additional licenses from TpT. Thank you for respecting these terms of use.

    This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom

    SKU: 375245

    Additional information

    Main Subjects

    Literature, Reading, Reading Strategies

    Grade Level

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    Resource Type

    Centers, Task Cards

    51 reviews for Theme – Task Cards (16 Engaging Stories for Reading Differentiation) | Print & Digital Google Slides

    1. JoAnn L.

      I use these task cards for reinforcement when teaching theme. We turn it into a game style with students making their prediction as to the theme of the passage. Great resource!

    2. Ashley I.

      Theme is a difficult subject for students to learn. These task cards make it easier and they are no-prep. It could not get better.

    3. Chelsea W.

      Great resource. Used in small groups with my T3 and ESE students. They did not have much difficulty with the assignments.

    4. Amy C.

      This was a very useful resource for the students. It was easy to use in the classroom, as well! Very teacher friendly!

    5. Miss DiRago

      A great resource for determining theme! I loved that there was differentiation on the recording sheets, allowing me to easily assign this to students and give them independence!

    6. Lauren Rhoda

      LOVED! Our curriculum does not do a great job teaching Theme, so I bought this as a supplemental activity and my students were engaged and loved the format. Even better, they had a good understanding of Theme afterwards!

    7. Rheena Rose A.

      I loved these task cards. I used them when I did centers in my class. It was an easy activity to follow.

    8. Fiona R.

      My students were full engaged with this resource. I was also able to adapt the resource to suit all my students learning needs.

    9. lori price

      This is a great resource for third, fourth, and fifth grades. Students working independently and in small groups were successful and enjoyed product.

    10. Kristina E.

      I used these as a follow up activity and I loved that the recording sheet had three versions. It made it easy to adapt it for my different learners.

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