Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family

Materials Needed:

  • Picture cards depicting various family members (mother, father, siblings, grandparents, etc.)
  • Drawing paper and crayons or coloured pencils
  • Family-themed storybook
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Stickers or stamps for rewarding participation

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the lesson, Grade R students should be able to:
1. Identify different family members and their roles.
2. Discuss different types of families.
3. Draw their own families and share details about 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. Siblings – Brothers and sisters.
  5. Grandparents – The parents of one’s parents.

Previous Learning:

Students have previously learned about their immediate environment and home. This lesson will connect their understanding of home to the people who make up their families.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Some students may come from diverse family structures, including single-parent families, guardians, or extended families.
  • Solution: Emphasise that families come in different forms, and every family is special.
  • Challenge: Students may struggle to articulate family roles.
  • Solution: Use picture cards as a visual aid to help students describe family members.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction and Objectives (2 minutes):
  2. Welcome the students and briefly explain the objective of the lesson: understanding and appreciating our families.
  3. Activating Prior Knowledge (2 minutes):
  4. Show pictures of different family members and ask students to name them aloud.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Story Time (5 minutes):
  2. Read a family-themed storybook. Pause to ask simple questions to ensure comprehension and engagement.
  3. Discussion (5 minutes):
  4. Discuss the different types of families (nuclear family, single-parent family, extended family). Use picture cards to illustrate these concepts.
  5. Role Identification (5 minutes):
  6. Show picture cards one by one and ask students to identify each family member and their role (e.g., mother cooks, father works, etc.).
  7. Drawing Activity (15 minutes):
  8. Hand out drawing paper and crayons. Ask students to draw their family and include all the members. Walk around the classroom to provide guidance and encouragement.
  9. After drawing, each student will have the opportunity to share their drawing and talk about their family members.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Sharing and Stickers (3 minutes):
  2. Allow students to stand up and share one interesting fact about their family. Give each student a sticker or stamp for participating.
  3. Recap and Closure (1 minute):
  4. Summarise the day’s activities and reinforce the idea that all families are unique and special.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observation during the drawing activity to ensure students can identify and represent their family members.
  • Participation in discussions and sharing activities to gauge understanding.
  • Quick questions after the story to check comprehension.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Provide additional picture cards for students who struggle with drawing.
  • Pair students who need help with peers who can support them.
  • Modify the complexity of questions based on individual student needs.
  • Allow for more time and provide one-on-one assistance for students who might need it.

Teaching Notes:

  • Value of Lesson: This lesson helps young learners understand the concept of family and appreciate their own family structure. It fosters social skills through sharing and discussions.
  • Tips for Effective Delivery: Engage students with visuals and stories. Encourage participation by praising contributions and using reward systems like stickers.
  • Accessibility Considerations: Ensure that all picture cards have clear, easy-to-recognise images. Provide drawing materials suitable for all students, including those who may have fine motor skill difficulties.

This lesson plan aims to create an inclusive, engaging, and supportive learning environment while teaching Grade R students about the importance and diversity of families.

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