Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family (Term 3)

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: My Family (Term 3)

Materials Needed:

  • Family-themed storybook
  • Drawing materials (crayons, markers, paper)
  • Pictures of different family structures (photographs/printouts)
  • Whiteboard and markers or a flip chart
  • Flashcards with family member names
  • Glue and craft paper for creating a family tree

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be able to identify different family members (e.g., mother, father, sibling).
  • Students will be able to recognise and appreciate different family structures.
  • Students will be able to describe their own family members.
  • Students will develop fine motor skills through drawing and crafting activities.


  1. Family – People who are related to each other and live together or share a close bond.
  2. Father – A male parent.
  3. Mother – A female parent.
  4. Sibling – A brother or sister.
  5. Grandparents – The parents of a person’s father or mother.

Previous Learning:

  • Students have discussed personal identity, understanding themselves, and their likes or dislikes.
  • Students have been introduced to the classroom and school as part of their broader community.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  1. Challenge: Some students might not feel comfortable sharing about their family due to personal circumstances.
    Solution: Emphasise the variety and uniqueness of all families, and offer alternative ways to participate, such as talking about a friend or a pet if they feel more comfortable.
  2. Challenge: Limited vocabulary to express their thoughts about their family members.
    Solution: Provide visual aids and flashcards to help prompt students as they describe their family members.

Beginning Activities (10% – 4 minutes):

  • Introduce the Topic:
  • Start by greeting the students and explaining the learning objectives.
  • Read a family-themed storybook to the class, showing pictures as you read.
  • Ask a few questions about the story to engage students and activate their prior knowledge about families.

Middle Activities (80% – 32 minutes):

Direct Instruction:

  • Family Member Introduction:
  • Show pictures of different family structures and discuss the variety of families.
  • Introduce and discuss key vocabulary with flashcards.
  • Speak briefly about how every family is unique and special.

Guided Practice:

  • Discussion:
  • Let students talk about their family members, helping them use the new vocabulary.
  • Facilitate a classroom discussion where each student shares one thing they love about their family.

Independent Practice:

  • Drawing Activity:
  • Ask students to draw a picture of their family.
  • Craft Activity:
  • Provide materials for students to create a simple family tree.
  • Walk around, interact with students, and support those who need help with recalling or describing family members.

End Activities (10% – 4 minutes):

  • Show and Tell:
  • Invite a few students to show their family drawings and describe their family members.
  • Summary and Wrap-Up:
  • Recap the lesson’s main points, highlighting the diversity of families.
  • Give each student a flashcard and ask them to identify it or describe someone in their own family using the card.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Observation:
  • Monitor students during the discussion and drawing activities to assess their understanding and engagement.
  • Exit Ticket:
  • Students will hand in their family drawings, which will serve as an informal assessment of their ability to recognize and depict family members.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For Advanced Learners:
  • Provide additional materials for them to write the names of their family members.
  • For Struggling Learners:
  • Offer more one-on-one support during the drawing and crafting activities.
  • Use additional visual aids to help them connect with the vocabulary.

Teaching Notes:

  • Purpose:
  • This lesson helps children understand and value the concept of family, fosters a sense of belonging, and develops basic social skills.
  • Educational Value:
  • Promotes emotional development and cultural understanding by recognising diversity.
  • Tips:
  • Be sensitive to different family situations and ensure a supportive environment.
  • Accessibility Considerations:
  • Have enlarged flashcards and use clear, simple language. Ensure materials are reachable for all students and provide adaptive aids if needed.

This lesson plan should help cultivate a positive and inclusive understanding of family among Grade R students while developing essential social and fine motor skills.

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