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Salt in His Shoes Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Salt In His Shoes will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of patience, best effort, perseverance and goal setting, this Salt In His Shoes picture book by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Salt In His Shoes Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Salt In His Shoes. 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 Salt In His Shoes reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

SALT IN HIS SHOES SUMMARY

The book, Salt in His Shoes, tells the story of Michael Jordan as a young boy. He grew up playing basketball with his brothers, however, he was the shortest boy on the court. He was often teased by one of the taller boys. After losing a game one day, Michael asked his mother what he needed to do to grow taller. His mom suggested putting salt in his shoes, being patient, and praying everyday. Michael did this for several months while practicing basketball.

Months later, he wasn’t any taller and was starting to feel discouraged. Michael’s dad talked to him and explained that he didn’t need to be tall to be a good player. He needed to be determined, work hard, and practice. This gave Michael the confidence to go back to the basketball court with his brothers. He was able to score the winning point for his team and went on to become a basketball star.

SALT IN HIS SHOES 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 Salt In His Shoes, 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 Salt In His Shoes reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making predictions
  • comparing and contrasting
  • analyzing illustrations
  • plot (problem-solution)
  • cause and effect
  • identifying theme, message and moral

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

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

  • patience
  • best effort
  • perseverance
  • goal setting

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • adjectives
  • adverbs
  • plural nouns
  • compound words

SALT IN HIS SHOES 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
Salt in His Shoes book companion
two vocabulary worksheets for the book, Salt in his Shoes

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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Salt In His Shoes?

  • Lexile® Measure: 630L
  • Guided Reading Level: O-P
  • DRA Level: 34-36
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3.5-3.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan. It was illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

What genre is Salt In His Shoes ?

It is a nonfiction 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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