• Class: Primary 3
  • Term: 2nd Term
  • Week: 2
  • Age: 8 years
  • Period:
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Date:
  • Subject: Cultural And Creative Arts
  • Curriculum Theme: Cultural And Creative Arts
  • Topic: Clay Preparation
  • Content: Collection and Kneading of Clay

Specific Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Cognitive Domain:
  • Identify the steps in preparing clay for molding.
  • Affective Domain:
  • Appreciate the importance of teamwork in social activities.
  • Psychomotor Domain:
  • Demonstrate the proper technique for kneading clay.
  • Social Domain:
  • Collaborate with peers in the collection and preparation of clay.

Reference Materials:

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Online Information
  • Textbooks

Instructional Materials:

  • Clay
  • Bowls
  • Water
  • Table for kneading
  • Charts or diagrams illustrating clay preparation

Rationale for the Lesson:
Understanding the process of clay preparation is crucial for enhancing creativity and laying the foundation for various artistic projects.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:
Students should have a basic understanding of the properties of clay and its uses in art.


Content Development: Clay Preparation

ContentTimeTeaching MethodTeaching StrategyTeacher’s ActivityPupils’ ActivityLearning Point
Introduction 5 minsDiscussionQuestion and AnswerIntroduce the topic and ask what students know about preparing clay.Respond to questions and share ideas.Understand the importance of clay preparation.
Collection 10 minsDemonstrationGuided DiscoveryShow how to collect clay, emphasizing proper techniques.Observe and ask questions.Learn the correct way to collect clay.
Kneading 10 minsDemonstrationModelingDemonstrate the kneading process, explaining its importance.Imitate the kneading technique.Understand the steps involved in kneading clay.
Social Activity 5 minsGroup ActivityCooperative LearningDivide students into groups. Each group collects and kneads clay.Work together to complete the task.Experience teamwork in social activities.
Note taking 5 minsWriting Direct InstructionSummarize key points on clay preparation.Take notes in notebooks.Record essential information about clay preparation.
Evaluation 3 minsQuestion and AnswerReflectionAsk questions related to the objectives and the steps in clay preparation.Respond to questions individually.Reflect on the importance of each step in clay preparation.
Conclusion 2 minsRecapInteractive RecapSummarize the lesson, reinforcing the importance of clay preparation.Participate in the recap discussion.Reinforce understanding of clay preparation steps.

Classroom Note:

Clay Preparation

  • Step 1: Collect clay using proper techniques.
  • Step 2: Knead the clay thoroughly.

Importance Of Kneading Clay Before Use

  1. Even Consistency: Kneading helps to ensure that the entire piece of clay has the same texture, making it easier to work with.
  2. Air Bubble Removal: Kneading helps remove air bubbles trapped within the clay.
  3. Improved Plasticity: Kneading enhances the plasticity of the clay. Well-kneaded clay is more responsive to the artist’s touch, allowing for finer details and smoother surfaces in the final creation.
  4. Ease of Manipulation: Kneaded clay is easier to manipulate.
  5. Enhanced Workability: Properly kneaded clay is less likely to crack or break during moulding.


  1. What are the steps in preparing clay for molding?
  2. Why is it important to knead clay before using it for art projects?

Note to Teachers:
Customize the lesson content, teaching methods, and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, curriculum, and available resources.

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Last Update: January 18, 2024