Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 3



Subject: Social Studies

Class: Primary 3

Term: 1st Term

Topic: Drugs

Subtitle: Common drugs in our community

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

  1. Define drugs
  2. State the difference between synthetic and natural drugs

Resources and materials:

Scheme of work

Online information

Instructional material: chart

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



Meaning of drugs and common drugs

Drug was defined as a substance that is taken into the body or applied on the body to cure diseases and illness. Some of the drugs that many of us usually take are paracetamol, multivitamins, asprin, chloroquine, cough syrups, iodine and methylated spirit.

Many of us also take drugs that are prepared from herbs and plants. Some of these drugs are made from lemon grass, lime, mango, guava and pawpaw leaves, as well as the leaves, barks and roots of other plants.


Synthetic and Natural drugs

Synthetic drugs: these are drugs made by man using chemicals, examples cocaine and scopolamine.

Natural drugs: are drugs which are obtained from living organisms example plants. Natural drugs are herbal concoction, examples penicillin and shrooms.


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. Define drugs

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


  1. What is natural drug?
  2. Define synthetic drug

Write two examples of natural drugs.

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