Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Those 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 empathy and teasing, this Those Shoes picture book by Maribeth Boelts 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 Those Shoes Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:
- Read a summary of Those Shoes. You can find it in the section below.
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THOSE SHOES SUMMARY
Everyone in Jeremy’s class is getting new high-top sneakers, and he really wants a pair. His grandma says the new shoes are a want, not a need. One day at school Jeremy’s shoes fall apart and he must wear an old velcro pair from the guidance counselor. When he returns to class, everyone except Antonio laughs.
Grandma saved up some money and took Jeremy to the shoe store to see if they could afford them. Unfortunately, they were took expensive so they decide to look at thrift shops. In the window of the third thrift store, Jeremy sees the shoes he wants! When he tries them on, Grandma says they’re too small. Even though they hurt his feet, Jeremy buys them anyway. The shoes are so small that they are too uncomfortable to wear. Jeremy notices Antonio’s shoes are falling apart, and smaller than his. He gives Antonio the new pair of shoes he bought that were too small.
THOSE SHOES LESSON PLAN IDEAS
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We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The text-based Those Shoes reading comprehension questions focus on:
- making predictions
- analyzing character
- cause and effect
- making connections
- identifying theme, message and moral
- plot (problem-solution)
LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS
We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:
GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY
- plural nouns
- types of sentences
THOSE 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
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
What are the reading levels for Those Shoes?
- Lexile® Measure: AD550L
- Guided Reading Level: N
- DRA Level: 28
- Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 3
Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?
The book was written by Maribeth Boelts. It was illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.
What genre is Those Shoes ?
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 40 pages long.