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.
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
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- 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
- 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?
- Assign one profession to each student, whispering it in their ear or providing it on a folded slip of paper.
- Give each student a sheet of paper.
- Have the students use the clothing and uniform catalogs to find as many clothing items as they can to represent work clothing that would be appropriate for their specific assigned profession.
- Tell the students to cut out their selected clothing items and paste them on the sheet of paper to represent the work clothing that would be most appropriate for their assigned profession.
- When all students have completed their clothing sheets, allow them to hang them throughout the classroom.
- Number each clothing sheet created by the students.
- Ask the class to move from sheet to sheet listing the profession that they think is represented by the clothing on each sheet next to the corresponding number on a piece of paper.
- When the students have viewed all of the clothing sheets, review each one with the class, as the students who created each sheet reveal their assigned profession.
- How many professions were you able to guess correctly?
- Invite a human resources professional to speak to the class about the importance of appropriate work clothing.
- Review different uniform policies from a variety of companies with the class.
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