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Design an Athletic Uniform

Invite students to read their biographies and share their displays with the class. Encourage classmates to examine each design to determine how well the uniforms meet the form, function and fashion needs of each client.

PROCESS:

  1. Brainstorm with the class to create a list of places where people wear uniforms. Encourage students to describe the typical outfit or uniform worn in each.
  2. Then write the following words on the board: form, function and fashion. As a class, discuss what these words mean and how the three concepts apply to uniforms worn in different instance.
  3. Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to select one setting where uniforms are required. Encourage students to write a fictional biography for a person who would wear that uniform. Then invite them to design a uniform that meets the form, function and fashion needs of their client.
  4. Give groups time to complete detailed, colored drawings of their uniforms. Provide an assortment of art supplies. Challenge groups to create a display identifying notable features of their designs.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to read their biographies and share their displays with the class. Encourage classmates to examine each design to determine how well the uniforms meet the form, function and fashion needs of each client.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
As a class, create a biography for two people in the same setting who are required to wear different types of uniforms. Require groups to select one of those people and design an appropriate uniform. Encourage groups to share ideas and advice as they proceed. Remind students to incorporate any accessories required for the position into their designs.

Grades 5-6:
Encourage students to be as detailed as possible when they write their biographies. As groups complete their designs, encourage them to share ideas and advice with one another. Remind students to incorporate any accessories required for the position into their designs. Challenge them to include features that reflect their client’s personalities in creative ways.

Grades 7-8:
Encourage students to be as detailed as possible when they write their biographies. Instruct them to include footwear and any required accessories into their uniform designs. Challenge students to use shape, color, texture or other methods to incorporate their client’s personalities into the design in creative ways.

Grades 9-10:
Encourage students to be as detailed as possible when they write their biographies. Instruct them to include footwear, required accessories and any head gear needed for the position into their designs. Challenge students to use shape, color, texture or other methods to incorporate their client’s personalities into the design in creative ways.