Traditional Clothing Around the World Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

In this lesson plan, students will learn about traditional clothing around the world through interactive games and writing assignments. Class discussion and maps will be used to deepen student understanding of the topic.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify traditional clothing from world cultures
  • Describe, in detail, clothing from a specific culture
  • Explain some reasons for cultural clothing


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).


With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)


  • Hard copies of the text lesson Traditional Clothing Around the World and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Large world map (optional)
  • Hard copies of a blank world map outline (just roughly drawn outlines of countries, it should not be overly detailed)
  • Swatches of fabric of many styles and types (ask parents to help supply these)
  • Letter sized card paper
  • Art supplies: pva glue, scissors, markers


  • Draw a large world map outline on the board (or display a large world map) and hand out copies of the World map.
  • Ask students what their clothes say about them. Lead them to the idea that sometimes clothes can give information about a person's heritage and culture.
  • Inform your students that they will be learning about many different styles of traditional clothing from all over the world today.

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