Understanding Religious Clothing
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Understanding Religious Clothing

Lesson Summary:

This lesson by Tolerance.org is not designed exclusively for Jewish students, so educators can adapt the lesson to fit their community s needs. There are 2 variations of the lesson, for younger and older students. 

"In the United States, different types of religious clothing exist just about everywhere. In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions. First they will research issues around some common articles of religious clothing, such as the hijab and the yarmulke. Then they will explore misconceptions and stereotypes associated with those articles of clothing."


Activities in the lesson for grades 3-5 meet the following objectives:

  • identify different articles of clothing associated with various religions
  • create a poster to educate others about religious clothing
  • participate in a Gallery Walk to view other groups’ posters

Activities for the middle grades (6-8) and high school (9-12) meet the following objectives:
  • identify different articles of clothing associated with various religions
  • research some of the issues around different religious clothing pieces through a WebQuest
  • create a skit to educate others about religious clothing

Essential Questions:

  • What are some common articles of clothing associated with different religions?
  • Why is it important to understand the issues around these articles of clothing?
  • How can knowledge about these articles of clothing promote acceptance and tolerance of others?

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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