Grade 3 My School Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:
Grade 3 Life Skills Lesson Plan: My School

Materials Needed:
– Chart paper
– Markers
– Copies of a school map or floor plan
– Sticky notes
– Digital camera or tablet (optional)
– Whiteboard and markers
– Flashcards with key terms

Learning Objectives:
– Students will be able to identify different areas and facilities within the school.
– Students will understand the roles of various school staff members.
– Students will demonstrate an understanding of school rules and the importance of following them.

1. Classroom – A room in the school where lessons take place.
2. Principal – The head of the school.
3. Library – A place in the school where books are kept for students to read.
4. Playground – An outdoor area where students play during breaks.
5. Rules – Guidelines that students must follow to ensure a safe and orderly environment.

Previous Learning:
Students have previously discussed their immediate surroundings at home and in their communities, including roles of various community helpers. This lesson extends that understanding into the school environment.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:
Challenge: Students may confuse different areas and their functions.
Solution: Use visual aids such as maps and pictures to clarify.
Challenge: Some students may feel shy talking about their school experiences.
Solution: Pair students for discussions to provide a support system.

Beginning Activities (10% of lesson time – 4 minutes):
– Welcome students and briefly discuss what they remember about community helpers.
– Introduce the learning objectives for the lesson.
– Start with a quick brainstorm: ask students to name different places they know in their school.

Middle Activities (80% of lesson time – 32 minutes):
1. Direct Instruction (10 minutes):
– Use the school map to point out different areas (e.g., classrooms, library, playground, principal’s office).
– Discuss the purpose of each area and introduce key vocabulary.

  1. Guided Tour (10 minutes):
  2. If feasible, take students on a short tour around the school to visit some of these areas.
  3. For each area visited, reinforce the vocabulary and discuss any additional details (e.g., special rules for the library).

  4. Role Play (7 minutes):

  5. Back in the classroom, assign roles to students (e.g., principal, librarian, teacher) and have them role-play scenarios related to their roles (e.g., a librarian helps someone find a book).

  6. Interactive Worksheet (5 minutes):

  7. Hand out a worksheet with a school map and have students label the different areas based on what they have learned.
  8. Use sticky notes for any unclear areas that need further review.

End Activities (10% of lesson time – 4 minutes):
– Summarise the lesson by revisiting the learning objectives and key areas identified.
– Use an exit ticket activity such as “Draw Your Favourite Area in School” and ask students to write one sentence about why they like it.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:
– Observation during the guided tour and role play to see if students correctly identify areas and their purposes.
– Review labelled worksheets to check for accurate understanding.
– Read or look at exit tickets to gauge what students have learned and what areas may need further attention.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:
– For students who need additional support, pair them with high achievers during activities.
– Provide visual aids and ensure instructions are clear and simple.
– For advanced learners, include extra activities such as writing a paragraph about one of the school staff members and their importance.

Teaching Notes:
– Emphasise the importance of following school rules and respect for all staff members.
– Make the lesson interactive to maintain engagement—use real-life scenarios whenever possible.
– Ensure accessibility for all students, for instance, by considering ramps or other aids for students with physical disabilities during the tour.

By the end of the lesson, students should have a clear understanding of their school environment and the importance of each area and staff member in creating a positive learning experience.