Grade R Festivals and Special Days Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: Festivals and Special Days

Materials Needed:

  • Picture cards of various festivals and special days (e.g., Diwali, Christmas, Easter, Heritage Day, Freedom Day).
  • Coloured pencils, crayons, and markers.
  • Drawing paper.
  • Interactive whiteboard or posters.
  • Storybook related to a particular festival (optional).
  • Music or video clips of festival celebrations (optional).

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, students should be able to:
1. Recognise and identify different festivals and special days.
2. Understand the importance of celebrating various festivals and days.
3. Express their own experiences and feelings about special days.


  1. Festival: A special time or event with celebrations.
  2. Special Day: A unique day that is celebrated for a particular reason.
  3. Tradition: Customs or beliefs passed down from generation to generation.
  4. Celebration: Activities or events that people do to mark a special occasion.
  5. Cultural: Relating to the customs and traditions of a community or group.

Previous Learning:

Students have learned about their own birthdays and other personal special days. They’ve also been introduced to the concept of family and community.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Some students might not be familiar with certain festivals and special days.
  • Solution: Use picture cards and simple explanations to introduce the festivals and days in an engaging manner.
  • Challenge: Limited attention spans.
  • Solution: Break the activities into shorter, engaging segments.

Beginning Activities (10% – 4 minutes):

  1. Welcome and Introduction (2 minutes):
  2. Greet the students and explain that today they will learn about different festivals and special days.
  3. Activating Prior Knowledge (2 minutes):
  4. Ask students to share a few special days they celebrate at home, such as birthdays or public holidays.

Middle Activities (80% – 32 minutes):

  1. Direct Instruction (8 minutes):
  2. Use picture cards to introduce different festivals and special days. Briefly explain each festival and its significance.
  3. Examples: “This is a picture of Christmas. People celebrate Christmas by decorating trees and giving gifts.”

  4. Guided Practice (12 minutes):

  5. Interactive Activity: Show short video clips or songs related to various festivals (2-3 clips, 1 minute each).
  6. Discussion: Engage students in a discussion about what they saw. Ask questions like, “What did you see? How do people celebrate?”

  7. Creative Activity (12 minutes):

  8. Hand out drawing paper and coloured pencils to each student.
  9. Ask students to draw a picture of a festival or a special day they like celebrating.
  10. Circulate around the room to assist and engage with students about their drawings.

End Activities (10% – 4 minutes):

  1. Sharing and Review (3 minutes):
  2. Invite a few students to share their drawings with the class and explain what they drew and why it is special to them.

  3. Exit Ticket (1 minute):

  4. Ask each student to name one new festival or special day they learned about today.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observe students during the discussion and drawing activities to assess understanding.
  • Use the exit ticket to gauge whether students can recall at least one new festival or special day.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For students who need extra help: Offer additional support by sitting with them during activities and simplifying instructions.
  • For advanced students: Encourage them to describe in more detail their personal experiences with the festivals or special days they celebrate.

Teaching Notes:

  • Emphasise that festivals and special days can be different for everyone and that it’s important to respect and learn about different traditions.
  • Encourage a positive and inclusive classroom atmosphere where students feel comfortable sharing their experiences.
  • Ensure all instructional materials are accessible for students with disabilities (e.g., large print for visual impairment, audio description for videos).

Accessibility Considerations:

  • Use picture cards with clear, large images.
  • Ensure that any audio-visual materials are accompanied by subtitles or descriptions.
  • Provide additional support for students with learning difficulties by breaking instructions into smaller steps and using visual aids.

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