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  1. Woo! I love the idea of integrating the two- I've always done them in isolation as well, but will definitely be using this! Happy anniversary!!

    XO, Kelly Anne

  2. What a great lesson! I, too, have always taught them in isolation and my students continued to struggle with both. I will certainly be using this lesson in the future! Great job!

  3. Thanks so much for the free sort! We have been working on these two throughout the year at various points, and I think that this will be a great refresher exercise for them. It will also let me know if they have it or if they need a small group reteach.

  4. This is a great review. Thanks for sharing! Main Idea and Theme are always tough!
    Have a great week!

    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  5. Thanks, Mary! This is great. I'm adding your task cards to my wishlist right now. <3 ya!

    A Teaspoon of Teaching

  6. Mary,

    Thank you so much for sharing your FREEBIE Main Idea vs. Theme activity. This is a wonderful resource. I can't wait to check out your task cards too.

    Best wishes!
    Apple Tree Learning Blog

    1. Hi Rachel!

      Thanks so much for letting me know. I just fixed it. Not sure what happened there.

      🙂 Mary

  7. The main idea vs. theme sort is exactly what I've been looking for to make sure my students can differentiate the two! Thank you!

  8. I used this activity this year as part of my initial instruction on theme. It is a terrific resource. Thank you!
    I Have 2 Questions

  9. Wow! Thank you so much for this excellent lesson idea and all of your wonderful resources! I am teaching this now, and your lesson has really helped me drive the point home to my 3rd graders! I just got your main idea/theme task cards yesterday, and I'm going to use them today. You are awesome!
    Thrills in Third Grade

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  12. Thanks for this helpful post! We are teaching theme vs. main idea this week, and I'd love to use your sort, but for some reason, I keep getting a message saying "This webpage is not available." Any way you could e-mail it to me? I would REALLY appreciate it! Thanks for sharing your great ideas. 🙂 brittm.white2012[at]gmail.com

  13. Awesome! One thing I tell students is that the "theme" is hardly ever in the reading, while the main idea can be found in the reading.