Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 3



Subject: Social Studies

Class: Primary 3

Term: 1st Term

Topic: Drugs

Subtitle: Drug abuse

Learning Objectives: At the end of this this lesson, pupils should be able to:

  1. Define drug abuse
  2. State ways to identify someone abusing drugs
  3. State drugs that are commonly abused

Resources and materials:

Scheme of work

Online information

Instructional material: charts

Building Background/connection to prior knowledge: pupils are familiar with the topic in their previous classes.



Meaning of drug abuse

We can define drug abuse as the wrong and harmful intake of drugs especially without a doctor’s prescription.

Ways a person can abuse drugs:

  1. a) taking drugs wrongly especially without doctor’s advice.
  2. b) taking drugs when you are not sick.
  3. c) taking more than what the doctor prescribes.
  4. d) taking less than what the doctor prescribes
  5. e) buying drugs from the bus, markets, road side or unregistered medicine stores.

Drugs that are commonly abused: it can be grouped into;

  1. Common drugs: paracetamol and vitamin C
  2. Legal drugs: Valium 5
  3. Illegal drugs: Heroine and cocaine

Other substances that can be abused include: Alcohol, snuff, tabacco, kolanut, cigarette, etc.

Ways to know someone who abuse drugs

  1. Untidy appearance
  2. Drunken behaviour
  3. Convulsion
  4. Inattentiveness


Strategies and activities:

Step1: Teacher revises the previous topic.

Step2: Teacher introduces the new topic.

Step3: Teacher explains the new topic.

Step4: Teacher welcomes pupils’ questions.

Step5: Teacher evaluates the pupils.

Assessment & Evaluation:     

1. Who is a pharmacist?

WRAP UP (CONCLUSION) Teacher goes over the topic once again for better understanding.


  1. Write five people that can administer drugs
  2. Who are those that should not take drugs on their own?

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