My Smarties have been going through some Progress Monitoring this week, so I wanted to do some ELA activities that were fun and easy for my struggling readers. I have a lot of boys this year who are REALLY into sports, so I'm always looking for picture books to teach minilessons that have that element.
I found this book: Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan. It is a story about Michael Jordan when he was a young boy, and how he learned that practice, determination, and perseverance help him to reach his goals.
We have been practicing citing text based evidence with both fiction and nonficiton material, so my students are getting much better about giving SOLID evidence.
Next, we took the evidence in the book and discussed key words we could use as character traits. We came up with PRACTICE, DETERMINATION, and PERSEVERANCE. I immediately applied this to my classroom and made a quick anchor chart for it.
My students applied those words to their own goals, and wrote text to self connections. Finally, they wrote reflective pieces using quotes about motivation and dreams to put on our work wall.
Next week, I'll be reading a story about Martin Luther King, Jr. called Drum Major for Justice, which is MUCH more of a sixth or even seventh grade piece, but I think this Jordan piece is a perfect stepping stone for my lower level readers to make the connections to King using the class words we came up with. I can't wait to see that scaffolding happen!
Anyhow.. if you are interested in a lesson using this book as a companion to Martin Luther King, Jr.,
or Black History Month, (or heck basketball is big for MARCH MADNESS) you can find the lesson plans and activity sheets here.
If you download the PREVIEW you can get this graphic organizer for use with the book FREE.
Be sure to stop back and let me know how your class enjoyed the book!