From Tessa Maguire: Close Reading is one of the strategies teachers implement with the Common Core. This Close Reading Companion is used for the picture books Home for Christmas and The Carpenter's Gift.
Spoons Game: Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words! Very Engaging! - This Spoons game requries the students to match up cards based on whether the cards are referring to prefixes, suffixes, or root words.
This theme topic handout is included in the Themes in Literature Unit by The Teacher Next Door. Finding themes in literature becomes easier with practice and soon your students will be seeing themes in every book.