Work Clothes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Do your students know what types of clothing are appropriate for work environments? This lesson plan is designed to help you explain just that to students and includes an activity to challenges them to design wardrobes for assorted professions.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explore different types of professions
  • explain what a uniform is
  • discuss the importance of appropriate clothing in the work environment


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.


Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.


  • Assorted images showing different types of workers in their professions
  • A list of different professions (e.g. chef, physician, construction worker, laboratory technician, teacher, and so on)
  • Multipurpose paper
  • Assorted clothing and uniform catalogs
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Begin by displaying the images of the workers for the class.
    • Can you name the professions featured in the images?
    • How could you tell?
    • How are work clothes different from the clothing we wear in our free time?
    • What is a uniform?
    • How many of the workers in the images are wearing uniforms?
    • Why are uniforms important in certain professions?
    • How do the clothing choices featured among the workers who are not wearing uniforms support their work?
    • What different functions do work clothes serve for workers of varying professions?
    • What types of problems could be caused by inappropriate clothing in the workplace?

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