• Class: Primary 3
  • Term: 1st Term
  • Week: 8
  • Age: 8 years
  • Period:
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Date:
  • Subject: National Values Education
  • Curriculum Theme: Civic Education


  • Social activities: celebration of national day (Independence Day), workers day, children’s day, democracy day, etc.
  • Importance of the celebrations

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

  • Cognitive Domain: Define national celebrations and their significance.
  • Affective Domain: Express appreciation for national celebrations.
  • Psychomotor Domain: Actively participate in discussions about national celebrations.
  • Social Domain: Demonstrate understanding of the importance of national celebrations.

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:

  • Pictures/videos of national celebrations
  • Charts or flashcards explaining the importance of each celebration
  • Worksheets for pupils

Rationale for the Lesson:
Understanding the social dimensions of civic education instills a sense of national pride and awareness among pupils, fostering responsible citizenship.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:
Pupils should have basic knowledge about national days, such as Independence Day, and the concept of celebration.


Content Development: Social Dimension of Civic Education

ContentTimeTeaching MethodTeaching StrategyTeacher’s ActivityPupils’ ActivityLearning Point
1. Introduction5 minsQuestion and AnswerAnticipatory Set– The teacher introduces the topic and asks pupils what they understand about national celebrations.– Pupils respond to the question.Understanding of national celebrations.
2. Explanation10 minsExplanationDirect Instruction– The teacher explains the meaning and importance of each celebration.– Pupils listen attentively and take notes.Importance of national celebrations.
3. Discussion10 minsGroup DiscussionCooperative Learning– The teacher divides pupils into groups to discuss and share their thoughts on the significance of each celebration.– Pupils actively participate in discussions within their groups.Sharing perspectives on national celebrations.
4. Note Taking3 minsNote TakingIndependent Study– The teacher provides notes summarizing key points about national celebrations.– Pupils copy the notes into their notebooks.Comprehensive notes on national celebrations.
5. Evaluation2 minsQuestion and AnswerAssessment– The teacher asks questions to assess pupils’ understanding of the significance of national celebrations.– Pupils respond to the questions.Assessment of comprehension.
6. Conclusion10 minsRecap and ReflectionRecap and Reflection– The teacher summarizes the lesson and encourages pupils to reflect on the importance of celebrating national days.– Pupils reflect and share thoughts on the lesson.Understanding and reflection on the significance of national celebrations.

Classroom Note:

Social Dimension of Civic Education

Social dimension in civic education refers to our collective participation in national celebrations that commemorate significant events in our country’s history.

Understanding our country’s history and significant events is crucial. These celebrations remind us of our rich heritage, honoring pivotal moments and the values we cherish.

Examples of Social Activities:

  1. Independence Day: Celebrates Nigeria’s freedom from colonial rule on October 1st.
  2. Workers’ Day: Honors the contributions of workers every May 1st.
  3. Children’s Day: Recognizes and celebrates children’s rights and welfare on May 27th.
  4. Democracy Day: Marks Nigeria’s return to democratic rule on May 29th.

Importance Social Dimension of Civic Education:

  1. Unity: These celebrations bring people together, fostering a united national spirit.
  2. Patriotism: Instills a sense of pride and loyalty to our country.
  3. Heritage: Preserves and honors our cultural heritage and national history.
  4. Values: Reinforces important values like freedom, democracy, and equality.


  1. What is Social dimension in civic education
  2. Why is Independence Day important?
  3. What do national celebrations remind us of?
  4. Mention 3 Social Activities.

Note to Teachers:
Adapt teaching methods and activities to suit your teaching style, curriculum, and available resources.

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Last Update: December 2, 2023