Grade 1 Home Language: Clothes People Wear

Materials Needed:

  • Pictures of various types of clothing (printed or digital)
  • Real clothing items (optional: hats, scarves, gloves)
  • Flashcards with different clothing items and their names
  • Chalkboard/whiteboard and markers
  • Worksheets with clothing items drawing activities
  • Crayons or coloured pencils

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
1. Identify and name different types of clothing.
2. Describe the purpose and use of various clothing items.
3. Discuss the reasons why we wear specific clothes for different occasions and weather conditions.


  1. Shirt – A piece of clothing worn on the upper body, with sleeves and buttons at the front.
  2. Trousers – Clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering each leg separately.
  3. Hat – A head covering that can be worn for various reasons such as fashion, protection, or rituals.
  4. Jacket – A piece of clothing worn on the upper body for warmth or fashion.
  5. Dress – A one-piece garment for women or girls covering the body and extending down over the legs.

Previous Learning:

In the previous term, students learned the names of body parts and various types of family members. This lesson builds on that by introducing clothing items, which are used to cover different parts of the body and may differ in style depending on the occasion or weather.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Students may find it difficult to pronounce new vocabulary.
  • Solution: Use repetitive drills and songs to practice pronunciation in an engaging manner.
  • Challenge: Some students might not have access to various types of clothing.
  • Solution: Use pictures and flashcards to ensure all students are familiar with the items being discussed.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction: Greet the students and briefly discuss the importance of clothing.
  2. Objective Sharing: State the lesson objectives aloud to the class.
  3. Prior Knowledge Activation: Ask students to name any items of clothing they are wearing today.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes):
  2. Show pictures of different types of clothes and real items if available. Explain each item’s name, aspects, and purpose.
  3. Use flashcards to introduce vocabulary words and their meanings.
  4. Guided Practice (12 minutes):
  5. Conduct a “Dress the Doll” interactive activity on the board. Draw a simple doll and let the students come up and “dress” it by attaching pictures of clothing items.
  6. Group activity: Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a set of flashcards and pictures of clothing items. Have them match the pictures with the correct words.
  7. Independent Practice (10 minutes):
  8. Hand out worksheets where students have to colour in different clothes items and match names to pictures.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket Activity:
  2. Ask each student to draw their favourite clothing item and write its name underneath. They can show it to the class as they leave.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • During Guided Practice: Observe students as they participate in the doll-dressing activity and group work. Ask questions to gauge their understanding.
  • Worksheet Completion: Review the worksheets for correct matching and neat colouring.
  • Exit Ticket: Collect and check drawings and labels to assess individual comprehension.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For Advanced Learners: Encourage them to write simple sentences using the new vocabulary (e.g., “I wear my hat when it is sunny”).
  • For Struggling Learners: Provide extra one-on-one support during the guided practice. Use more repetition and sway towards more straightforward vocabulary.
  • For ELL (English Language Learners): Use visual aids and gestures extensively to ensure comprehension.

Teaching Notes:

  • Purpose: This lesson aims to expand students’ vocabulary related to clothing and enhance their ability to describe and categorise various garments.
  • Educational Value: Understanding how to describe and name clothing ties into broader language skills like description and categorisation.
  • Tips for Effective Delivery: Use plenty of visuals and tangible items, as young learners benefit greatly from visual and tactile reinforcement.
  • Accessibility Considerations: Ensure all flashcards and handouts are clear and large enough for students with visual impairments. Provide additional support as necessary for students with hearing impairments, perhaps using hand signals or sign language.

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