Sorting: Refrigerator vs Pantry

Sorting: Refrigerator vs Pantry
Task of the Month:
August, 2018

Sorting is a foundation skill for any student and students with ASD may require additional practice. Once the student has learned object identification and sorting, independent practice helps maintain these skills, and can be generalized in work settings.

This task will provide our students the opportunity to stock the shelves at home and/or work at a grocery store in the community:

  • The student is required to sort all food items into categories using work systems.
  • Work systems provide students with structure and routine which promotes independence.
  • Materials

    • Food pictures (ex: meat, milk, and crackers) printed and Velcro
    • 1 bag for materials
    • 1 Folder for sorting
    • Task analysis for student directions, attached below


    • Print and cut out all food picture cards
    • Have student open bag, take all pictures, and sort each based on if the items needs to be refrigerated or not.
    • Student can follow a task analysis. An example of this is attached below.


    • Only use prompts to promote errorless learning. The focus of using work systems are for the student to complete the tasks independently.
    • Work systems should incorporate grade level, functional, and IEP goals.

    For additional information, refer to this scholarly article:

Fridge Pantry Sort Student Instructions.docx184.39 KB
Sample pictures.docx686.91 KB

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