In this lesson, for young students, they read a story of bravery at sea and look closely at the uniform of USS Constitution sailors. Then they make their own captain’s hat out of paper.
Read your chosen story book aloud to the students. Lead them in a small discussion asking questions that lead the students to think about how difficult a sailor’s life was out at sea.
The questions should be open-ended in nature.
Ask students if they noticed any special clothing that the sailors were wearing. In the Navy, sailors have a particular uniform to wear. The captain wore a tall hat called a chapeau bras (show them the image of modern-day USS Constitution captain wearing the hat).
Transition them into making the captain’s hat. Lead them in the craft project and let them proudly wear their hats! Directions are attached.