Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 3

Comprehension II


Subject: English Language

Class: Primary 3

Term: 1st Term

Topic: Comprehension II

Subtitle: Reading

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

  1. Read non-fiction passage correctly
  2. Answer questions on the passage 

Resources and materials:

Scheme of work

Online information

Instructional material: picture chart

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



An old man and his three sons: page 26 Nigeria Primary English

A very long time ago, there was an old man who had three sons. These three brothers did not love one another as brothers should, but were always quarrelling, fighting, and abusing one another. The old man was very unhappy about the behaviour of his sons. So, he thought carefully and decided on the way of making them change their bad behaviours.

As the old man lay on his deathbed, he called all his sons before him. He sent out the youngest to bring three sticks. When he had brought them, the old man tied the sticks together and gave them to his eldest son and asked him to break them. He tried, but could not, as the sticks were too strong to break. The second son tried but failed, and so did the third son.

The old man then untied the sticks and divided them among his sons so that they might break them. This time, they broke the sticks easily. The old man then said, ‘You can now see that it is good to stay together as brothers. Three can stand together firmly, but it is impossible for one to stand alone.’



The pupils should be able to discuss what the understand from the comprehension, the comprehension message speaks about unity, just like the three sticks together cannot be broken, if we come together we too will not be broken but live in unity, bring out progress in our school, school, home and society at large.


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. Why was the old man unhappy with his sons?
  2. Mention three things the three brothers were always doing.
  3. When did the old man call his sons together?
  4. Who did the old man send to bring the sticks?
  5. Who among the three sons broke the three sticks when they were tied together?
  6. Who among them could break the sticks when they were separate?
  7. What lesson can we learn from the story?

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


Use words from the passage to fill in the blanks below.

1 The old man was ____________ about the behaviour of his sons.

2 The old man ____________ of how to make his sons change.

3 The old man lay on his ____________.

4 The old man ____________ three sticks together and asked them to break them.

5 The sticks were too ____________ to break.

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