Lesson Plan

Lifestyle: Revolutionary War Era Clothing

Grade Level:
Second Grade-Eighth Grade
Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual Arts
1 class period
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
in the park
National/State Standards:
NC: Vis Arts: 2.3, 4.1, 5.6, 5.1; ELA: 3.03, 3.05, 4, 5; 4,5; 4,5; 6; 76; 6 Soc Stud: 3rd, 2,7.3; 4th, 1.2, 5.1, 11.1; 8th, 1.3 SC: ELA: 8th - IV-A, B, J; V-B Soc Stud: 3.2.5, 3.2.6, 4.1.7, 8.1.2, 8.2.5 Vis Arts: Comp 2-3


To provide the opportunity for students to identify clothing of the Revolutionary War Era in comparison with modern clothing.


The student will identify the names of the clothes of this period and how long it took to put on the clothes.

The student will view pictures of Revolutionary War Era clothing and modern-day clothing and compare the two. The student will try on clothes worn by a Revolutionary War Era boy or girl.


Revolutionary War Era children wore many layers of clothes depending on the season. Children living on plantations wore better quality clothing than those in the backcountry. Girls wore long dresses, pantaloons, dust caps (mob caps) and aprons, while boys wore knee-knockers and ruffled shirts.


Teachers may borrow reproduction children's clothing for the students to try on while they are visiting the battlefield.


1. Have students try on clothes worn during the Revolutionary War Era. Explain why each piece of clothing was necessary.
2. Have children discuss the pros and cons of Revolutionary War Era clothing.
3. Time children dressing to determine how long it takes to dress in Revolutionary War Era clothes.

1. Make drawings of the different types of clothes worn during the Revolutionary War Era.
2. Have students make and design their own paper dolls of this period with appropriate clothing.
3. Write a story featuring Revolutionary War Era clothing in comparison to modern day clothing.
4. Write a sequence of dressing in Revolutionary War Era clothes.
5. In considering the advantages and disadvantages of such clothing, discuss the potential of death or injury when cooking over an open fire.