Those Shoes is a great mentor text to use at the beginning of the year to work on identify needs and wants, how to pick books that are a good "fit" and recognize everyday heroes.
This pack includes a few activities that could be used at different levels after reading this text.
For younger grades there are draw and write pages for needs, wants and heroes.
For older grades their are comprehension questions for the story.
There is also an activity to create a class graph -a great way to get to know your students at the beginning of the year and start conversations. A few sample questions are included but you could use the shoe template to create a variety of class graphs or graphs about the story.
You can read more about how to use this book in this blog post