'Wearing the World!'

Ask the children to imagine a week in which all of the things they use, wear, and eat are limited to items produced in their county/ Ireland of choice. What things would be available to us? What things would not be available?

Draw up two lists on the board.

Stage 1
Ask the class where they think most of their clothing is manufactured.
Again list the responses on the board.
Distribute blank maps of the world.
Divide the class up into groups of five or six.

With the help of a partner, get the pupils to check the various labels of their clothing for the countries of origin. The pupils are then asked to make a list and to mark the countries of origin on their maps. The countries of origin can then be marked, using coloured stickers, on a large blank map of the world to include all the responses. Patterns, which may become apparent, can be discussed. Colours are assigned to items different categories e.g. blue - shoes, red - shirts…

Stage 2
Extension: Finding origins of other items students might have with them in class (i.e. watches, calculators, school books etc.) Draw up a list of items and a corresponding list of countries.
Have students use stickers to mark the locations of the countries of origin on a large wall map. Discuss the distribution pattern and elicit the reasons why the items are manufactured in certain countries. Explain how this illustrates how peoples of the world depend on one another.

Follow On: Pupils can be asked to draw up a list of items, under a number of categories, found in their homes. These may include such things as electrical equipment, furniture, food in the refrigerator, food in the press and articles of clothing.

Make a list of countries of origin and get the pupils to mark those locations on a world outline map. Compile all class information on a large world map using colour-coded stickers for the different categories. Discuss distribution of goods, and see if students can make any inferences about regions and products.
You can also use separate maps for various items and products and display them in classrooms or hallways as a class project.