Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Primary 4


TERM: 3rd Term

SUBJECT: Grammar



AGE: 9 years

DURATION : 2 periods of 40 mins each


TOPIC : Proverbs

CONTENT : Proverbs IV

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES: By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to;

  1. Explain the meaning of proverbs
  2. List some proverbs and their meaning

SET INDUCTION : The teachers uses pictures of words and sentences indicating Proverbs to arouse the interest of the pupils

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES : Discussion, group activities,

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS : The New First Aid in English by Angus Maciver page 108-109, flash cards, sentence strips and charts on the use of Proverbs


PERIOD 1 AND 2: Proverbs







The teacher revises the previous lesson

Pupils observe, learn and participate



The teacher explains the meaning of proverb and gives examples of proverbs


A proverb is a traditional saying or phrase that expresses a perceived truth. Proverbs often give practical advice and are based on the shared human experience


Here are a list of some proverbs and their meanings

1. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today
Meaning: Don’t delay doing something if you can do it immediately

2. Never test the depth of the water with both feet
Meaning: If you’re in the water with both feet down, you risk being swept away by the currents. The message is: don’t put all your eggs in the same basket. Think twice before placing all your bets and investments on one thing.

3. No gain without pain
Meaning: It is necessary to suffer or work hard in order to succeed or make progress.

4. No news is good news
Meaning: If you don’t receive any news about someone or something, it means that everything is fine and going normally.

5. Once bitten twice shy
Meaning: You say this proverb when someone won’t do something a second time because they had a bad experience the first time.

6. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure
Meaning: What may seem to be junk to one person may be valuable to another

7. One shouldn’t miss the forest for the trees
Meaning: Sometimes you get so focused on small details that you may miss the larger context.

8. The show must go on
Meaning: A performance, event, etc., must continue even though there are problems

9. The squeaky wheel gets the grease
Meaning: People who complain the most are the ones who get attention or what they want.

10. Time and tide wait for no man
Meaning: You’ve no control over the passage of time; it’ll keep slipping. So, don’t procrastinate, don’t delay things.

11. Too many cooks spoil the broth
Meaning: When too many people work together on a project, the result is inferior


12. Two heads are better than one
Meaning: Two persons have a better chance to solve a problem than one.

13. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar
Meaning: It’s easier to win people to your side by persuasion and politeness than by confrontation and threats.

14. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink
Meaning: You can show people the way to do things, but you can’t force them to act

15. You can’t always get what you want
Meaning: Sometimes you may face disappointments in your pursuits or your wishes may not be fulfilled.

16. Out of sight, out of mind
Meaning: If someone or something is not seen for a long time, it’ll be forgotten.

17. Pen is mightier than the sword
Meaning: Thinking and writing have more influence on people and events than the use of force.

Pupils observe, learn and participate



The pupils are asked to

1. Explain the meaning of proverb

2. List ten proverbs you know and their meaning

- Pupils observe, learn and participate



As in evaluation

Pupils observe, learn and participate



As in classwork

Pupils participate



The teacher marks their books, corrects it and commend the pupils


© Lesson Notes All Rights Reserved 2023