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Freedom Soup Activities and Lesson Plans for 2022

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Freedom Soup will love this post. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book.

With a theme of taking ownership, this Freedom Soup picture book by Tami Charles is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite New Years books for kids! It explores the meaning behind why Haitian people eat freedom soup to celebrate New Years.

Learn more about Freedom Soup below!

Engage Your Students with Freedom Soup Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Freedom Soup. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Freedom Soup reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

FREEDOM SOUP SUMMARY

Each year, Haitian people celebrate the New Year by eating Freedom Soup. The child in the story is named Belle. She learns the meaning behind the soup as part of Haiti’s revolution out of slavery. Her Ti Gran teaches her about the importance of the recipe and the necessary ingredients. The author shows Belle’s family bringing in the New Year, eating soup and honoring the freedom of the Haitian people. It is such a great story!

FREEDOM SOUP LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Freedom Soup, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Freedom Soup reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • summarize/retell
  • author’s purpose
  • figurative language

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • taking ownership
  • learning about cultures

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • transition words
  • action verbs
  • adjectives

FREEDOM SOUP ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
Freedom Soup book companion
elementary teacher reading aloud a picture book to his students

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Freedom Soup book and sequencing worksheet

BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Freedom Soup?

  • Lexile® Measure: N/A
  • Guided Reading Level: N/A
  • DRA Level: N/A
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): N/A

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Tami Charles. It was illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara.

What genre is Freedom Soup?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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