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Shoeless Math

Sandy Blacher


This lesson is to introduce students how to sort and classify along with completing a T-chart.


The student recognizes, compares, and sorts real-world objects or models of solids.

The student sorts and classifies objects by color, shape, size, or kind.


-Shoeless Math T-chart (see associated file)
-Pre-made chart of Ideas for Shoeless Sorting (see associated file)


1. Download and make copies of Shoeless Math T-chart for each student (see associated file).
2. Download Ideas for Shoeless Sorting (see associated file).


1. Take off one shoe, place on table and tell students that today we will learn how to sort.

2. Write the word sort on the board and give the definition.

3. Ask a student to take off one shoe and place it on table next to yours.

4. Write the words ALIKE and DIFFERENT on the board.

5. Assist students in a discussion on comparing the shoes (ex: color, style, size).

6. Display the pre-made chart on Ideas for Shoeless Sorting (see associated file). Review and discuss the words on the T chart.

7. Distribute Shoeless Math T-chart for each student (see associated file).

8. Have three additional students take off one shoe each and place along side other shoes.

9. Have students observe shoes.

10. Ask students how the shoes can be sorted into groups, point to Ideas for Shoeless Sorting chart.

11. Chose one way to sort and create a T-chart on board while students view theirs on their ditto. Complete T-Chart #1 from ditto along with students. Use tally marks to count number of shoes in each category.

12. Place students in small groups.

13. Have each member in the group take off one shoe and place at the center of their group's table or floor area.

14. Assign each group a method of sorting (color, style, etc.)

15. Students will complete T-chart #2 (see associated file).

16. Encourage students in each group to sort shoes in any way they chose and to record results on T-chart #3 (see associated file).

17. Formatively assess the work of the students, in addition ask each group what they chose as their last category to sort from T-chart #3 On My Own (see associated file).


Use completed charts to formatively assess the studentís ability to:
-Use real world objects to sort and classify
-Compares objects by similar characteristics


1. Math Journal Entry for higher level or draw a picture of your favorite part of the lesson for needy students.
2. Sort with three different ways for higher-level learners (ex: specific color, high heel-low heel-no heel, etc.)
3. Make a bar graph as a class or independently.
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