Grade R Reptiles Lesson Plan: Life Skills

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade R Life Skills Lesson Plan: Reptiles

Materials Needed:

  • Picture books and flashcards featuring various reptiles
  • Colouring sheets with images of different reptiles
  • Crayons or coloured pencils
  • Multimedia projector or tablet to show short video clips of reptiles
  • Soft toys or models of reptiles (if available)
  • Chart paper and markers

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students should be able to:
1. Identify and name at least four different reptiles.
2. Recognise basic characteristics of reptiles (e.g., cold-blooded, scales).
3. Understand the habitats where reptiles live.
4. Demonstrate the ability to colour within the lines on a reptile-themed colouring sheet.


  1. Reptiles – Animals such as snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles.
  2. Cold-blooded – Animals that cannot regulate their own body temperature internally.
  3. Scales – Small, hard plates that cover the bodies of reptiles.
  4. Habitat – The natural home or environment of an animal.
  5. Lizard – A type of reptile with a long body and tail, movable eyelids, and usually four legs.

Previous Learning:

In previous lessons, students have learned about different types of animals, including mammals, birds, and fish. They have discussed the basic needs of animals, such as food, water, and shelter.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  1. Challenge – Difficulty in recognising reptiles among other animals.
  2. Solution – Use clear, distinct images and characteristics to differentiate reptiles from other animals.
  3. Challenge – Short attention spans.
  4. Solution – Incorporate varied activities (video, colouring, soft toy play) to keep students engaged.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Introduction to Topic (2 minutes): Begin with a brief discussion to activate prior knowledge about different animals they have learned so far.
  2. Objectives (2 minutes): Share today’s objectives with the students and explain what they will learn about reptiles.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Interactive Storytime (10 minutes): Read a picture book about reptiles to the class. Show and discuss the images in the book.
  2. Video Clip (5 minutes): Show a short, age-appropriate video clip about reptiles, highlighting different species and their habitats.
  3. Flashcard Activity (7 minutes): Use flashcards to introduce and name different reptiles. Use questions to engage the students, such as “What animal is this?” and “Where does it live?”
  4. Colouring Activity (10 minutes): Distribute reptile-themed colouring sheets and crayons. Allow students to colour the images, encouraging them to stay within the lines.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Review and Recap (2 minutes): Recap the lesson by asking students to name the reptiles they learned about today.
  2. Exit Ticket (2 minutes): Have each student tell you one thing they learned about reptiles before they leave the class.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Participation during the interactive storytime and flashcard activity.
  • Observation of students correctly identifying reptiles during discussions.
  • Completion and neatness of the colouring activity as an informal assessment.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • Scaffolding: Provide additional help and guidance to students who might struggle with the concepts, using simpler terms and more visual aids.
  • Extension: For students who grasp the concepts quickly, provide additional reptile facts or more intricate colouring sheets.

Teaching Notes:

  • Educational Value: This lesson helps young students form a foundational understanding of reptiles and their characteristics while developing their listening and fine motor skills.
  • Tips on Effective Delivery: Use expressive reading techniques during storytime to capture students’ interest. Be patient during the colouring activity, encouraging students gently.
  • Accessibility Considerations: Ensure all visuals are big and clear enough for students with sight difficulties. Provide auditory descriptions for any students with visual impairments.

With this structured plan, you’re well-equipped to engage your Grade R students in an enjoyable and informative exploration of reptiles!

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