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Hat Day

Social Studies Lesson
for Hat Day

The students will learn about different professions based on hats.


  • Pictures of different hats worn by different professions (or the actual hats themselves)
  • Chart Paper or Blackboard
  • Paper
  • Writing Utensils



  1. Incite a discussion on different professions and the hats they wear.  Show the pictures of hats, or actual hats, to help spark discussion.
  2. Brainstorm with the class other professions and the hats they wear.  Write them on the chart paper or blackboard.
  3. Pass out paper and have the students write which one of the hats they would like to wear when they grow up and have as their profession.  For example, "When I grow up, I want to wear a ______________ hat and be a ________________..."   Younger students may draw a picture of themselves in a particular hat and write the name of the profession to the best of their ability.
  4. If time allows, have the students share their papers with the rest of the class.


Other Lesson Ideas

  • Read Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner.  Have a lesson on Abraham Lincoln and his presidency.
  • Make a timeline of historical figures associated with certain hats.  For example, Abraham Lincoln (stovepipe hat), George Washington (three-corner hat), Neil Armstrong (space helmet), etc.
  • Brainstorm hats and the time people wear those hats to celebrate special occasions.  For example, wedding veils, graduation hats, party hats, etc.
  • Learn about the types of hats people wore in colonial times.  Use the following link for help Colonial Kids.
  • Have a lesson on Mexico and do the Mexican Hat Dance.  Use the following links; Fun Family Activities, and InfoPlease Atlas: Mexico.


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