Lesson 6.7: Social Studies Connection

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If the Shoe Fits... It's Art?

The sneakers on your feet may not just be smelly or dirty; they might just be works of art.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art showcased more than 100 pairs of athletic shoes in an exhibit called “Design Afoot: Athletic Shoes from 1995 to 2000.” The museum featured several popular brands in many styles and colors.

What makes those shoes worthy of display in a museum? Ruth Keffer is a museum curator, a person who organizes exhibits. According to Keffer, detail and design make some athletic shoes artwork, not just something to wear on the basketball court or running track.

The museum noticed that over the past few years, athletic shoe design has really taken off. Keffer said that many people want the latest in technology and design in their athletic footwear. "You're getting unbelievably beautiful and amazing and wonderful-looking shoes," she said.

Word Wise

showcase:
To highlight, or show off: Each band in the competition showcased its performing style.

exhibit:
A show of objects or artwork: An exhibit of Monet's paintings will travel to museums across America.

display:
The act of being shown or put into view: The sixth-grade crafts projects are on display in the library.

design:
A plan or pattern for the creation of something: Tara's design for our new school logo included a picture of our principal.

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Activity

Each of the Word Wise words listed can be used both as a noun and as a verb. For example, the word showcase has the following two meanings.
  • showcase: (verb) To highlight or show off.
  • showcase: (noun) A display case or cabinet.
List the two meanings (noun and verb) for each of the remaining Word Wise words. Remember: A verb is an action word, such as run, write, or think. A noun is a person, place or thing.

Data Hunt

American shoe sizes reflect the length of the shoe in inches. Each whole-size-larger shoe is 1/3 in. longer than the previous whole size. This means that whole sizes differ in length by 1/3 in. and half sizes differ by 1/6 in. So, for example:

  • A size-7 shoe is 1/3 in. longer than a size-6 shoe.
  • A size-7 shoe is 1/6 in. shorter than a size-7 1/2 shoe.

This list shows the most commonly worn sizes of women's shoes.

41/2
5
51/2
6
61/2
7
71/2
8
81/2
9
91/2
10
101/2

  1. How much longer is a size-10 shoe than a size-51/2 shoe?
  2. Ana wears size 4 shoes that are 81/6 in. long. Her mother's shoes are 12/3 longer than Ana's. What is Ana's mother's shoe size?
  3. Robin wears size 10 shoes. Her sister Sharon's shoes are 1/3 in. shorter than Robin's. Their cousin Tasha's shoes are an inch shorter than Sharon's shoes. What size shoes do Sharon and Tasha wear?