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Thematic instruction provides the learner with the opportunity to make connections , and to link and integrate to other subjects and concepts. The thematic approach provides the learner the opportunity to conceptually organize the concepts being taught. Various themes can be incorporated into any curriculum. There are themes that are standard based, seasonal, topical, etc. Thematic instruction provides the cohesiveness that learners need to be successful. This section will offer thematic lesson plans that do not necessarily fall under the categories of Reflection, Discovery, Challenge, and Imagine.

Students will easily learn the reading comprehension skill of making inferences when wordless books are used to introduce the skill.

  • Tuesday by David Weisner
    Make way for flying frogs!
  • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkey  (2010 Caldecott Award)
    Pictorial storytelling at its best!

Adjectives and Verbs

Compound Words

  • Click on Compound Word for a PowerPoint to teach compound words.


  • Click on Contractions for a Power Point that teaches some high frequency contractions.

Prepositional Phrase

  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
    Teach revision by adding preposition with this beautiful story about a farm boy.
  • Hug by Jez Alborough

Common Nouns and Proper Nouns

  • The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
    Students will enjoy this delightful read-aloud.


  • How do you teach using the pronouns, I and Me?
  • Click on Pronouns for a Power Point on teaching the use of these two pronouns. 

Valentine/Friendship Theme

  • The Kiss That Missed by David Melling
    A humorous story just right for Valentine and teaching characterization.
  • We Go Together by Todd Dunn
    Ice cream and cone, dog and bone, stripe and skunk…just a few of the delightful comparisons a child can make about their friend and themselves.
  • If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
    A little boy write Valentines to members of his family, including the puppy and kitten.
  • The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
    A little girl catches special and different Valentines on a Valentine rainy day. She matches the special Valentine to special friends.
  • Owen & Mzee The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship as told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu

Fractured Fairy Tales and Fables




  • Haiku Hike Written and Illustrated by 4th grade students
                              St. Mary’s Catholic School
                              Mansfield, MA
                             Coordinators: Susan Tamul
                              Principal: Joanne Riley
    Children will “capture the moment” by writing haiku! Language arts and science templates included.
  • Diamonte  Students will enjoy expressing imagery through a diamonte poetry format.
  • Sensory Poem Students will learn how to appreciate the earth and write a sensory poem.

Mother’s Day

  • A Mother’s Song by Janet Lawler
    The reader will enjoy this story of a young girl and her mother as they share special days throughout the season.
  • Mama, How Long Will You Love Me? by Anna Pignataro
    The reader and writer will learn how long forever is by reading the similes Mama bear uses in answering her baby.
  • Mama, Will You Hold My Hand? by Anna Pignataro
    The reader and writer will learn how to use prepositional phrases to create vivid images.

Reading Skills

  • Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
    Young readers will enjoy learning rhyming words and echo reading with Silly Sally.
    Have fun learning the vowel by singing to a familiar children’s tune!


  • Use these power points for building Sentences and Developing Drafts by sequencing ideas through writing sentences. I read books about pumpkins and scarecrows to help the children develop a character for a story. They then create and sequence sentences. Click on Pumpkins and Scarecrows.
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