Grade 2 My Family Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade 2 Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family

Materials Needed:

  • Family-themed storybook
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Drawing paper and crayons/coloured pencils
  • Flashcards with family member names (e.g., Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Grandmother, Grandfather)
  • Pre-prepared worksheet with family tree template
  • A computer or projector (optional) for showing images or videos

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, learners will be able to:
1. Identify and name common family members.
2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of different family members.
3. Create a simple family tree.
4. Recognise the importance of family and respect for each member.


  1. Family – A group of people who are related to each other.
  2. Mother – A female parent.
  3. Father – A male parent.
  4. Sister – A female sibling.
  5. Brother – A male sibling.

Previous Learning:

Learners have previously discussed concepts of self and others in their immediate environment. They have some understanding of different kinds of people and relationships in their community.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Some learners may come from non-traditional family structures and may feel excluded.
  • Solution: Emphasise that families come in many different forms and all types are valid.
  • Challenge: Learners may struggle with the vocabulary for different family members.
  • Solution: Use visual aids and repetitive practice to reinforce vocabulary.

Beginning Activities: (4 minutes)

  1. Introduction of Learning Objectives: (2 minutes)
  2. Briefly explain what learners will learn about during the lesson: identifying family members, understanding their roles, and creating a family tree.

  3. Activating Prior Knowledge: (2 minutes)

  4. Show pictures of different family members and ask learners to name them. Encourage them to share who they live with at home.

Middle Activities: (32 minutes)

  1. Story Time: (8 minutes)
  2. Read a family-themed storybook aloud. (E.g., “The Family Book” by Todd Parr)
  3. Pause during the reading to ask questions about who the characters are and what they do.

  4. Discussion and Chart: (6 minutes)

  5. On chart paper, list out family members and discuss their roles (e.g., “What does a father do?”).
  6. Encourage learners to share responsibilities of their family members.

  7. Flashcard Activity: (8 minutes)

  8. Show flashcards with names of different family members.
  9. Call on learners to place the flashcards next to the correct image of family members on the board.

  10. Independent Family Tree Creation: (10 minutes)

  11. Provide each learner with a family tree worksheet template.
  12. Ask them to draw and/or write the names of their family members in the correct places on the tree.
  13. Circulate the room to provide assistance as needed.

End Activities: (4 minutes)

  1. Sharing and Reflecting: (3 minutes)
  2. Invite a few learners to show their family trees and talk about one family member and their role.
  3. Reinforce the idea that all families are important and unique.

  4. Exit Ticket: (1 minute)

  5. Ask learners to draw a quick picture of their favourite family member and label it.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • During Story Reading: Ask questions to ensure learners understand the characters and their roles.
  • Flashcard Activity: Observe whether learners can correctly identify and place the names of family members.
  • Family Tree Worksheet: Check for accurate identification and understanding of family members.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For Learners Needing Extra Support:
  • Provide extra visual aids and one-on-one assistance during the activities.
  • Pair them with a buddy for collaborative support.

  • For Advanced Learners:

  • Ask them to write a sentence about each family member’s role on their family tree.
  • Challenge them to think about extended family members and include them in their trees.

Teaching Notes:

  • Educational Value: This lesson builds foundational understanding of family structures, enhancing social and emotional development.
  • Tips for Effective Delivery: Use clear and simple language, and provide lots of visual support. Always validate each learner’s experience and encourage sharing in a respectful environment.
  • Accessibility Considerations: Ensure that all images and materials are accessible to learners with visual impairments (e.g., large print, high contrast). Provide verbal descriptions for all visual aids used.

This lesson plan outlines activities and assessments to ensure that Grade 2 learners gain a comprehensive understanding of family roles and the importance of family in their lives.

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