Nigerian Culture Material and Non Material Culture

Subject :

Social Studies

Topic :

Types of culture

Class :

Primary 1  / Basic 1


Term :


1st Term

Week :

Week 9


Instructional Materials :




Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have previous knowledge of the meaning of culture and the various ways that we can show our culture which is through greetings, dressing or language



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

  • Mention types of culture
  • Mention some examples of material  culture
  • Mention some examples of non material  culture



Content :




There are two types of culture.

They are material culture and non material culture.



Material culture


Material culture are aspects of culture we can make, see, touch and feel. Examples are

  1. Types of building in the olden days
  2. Mode of dressing
  3. Types of Clothes worm in the olden days
  4. Tribal marks
  5. Masquerade masks
  6. Shrine buildings, painting and decorations


Non Material Culture

Non material culture are aspects of culture we cannot see but can hear and feel. They are not things we can collect and keep somewhere. We only know them from what people do.


Examples of non material culture in Nigeria can be observed in the following ways

  1. Language
  2. Religion
  3. Greetings
  4. Dancing
  5. Dressing
  6. Eating habits




The topic is presented step by step


Step 1:

The class teacher revises the previous topics


Step 2.

He introduces the new topic


Step 3:

The class teacher allows the pupils to give their own examples and he corrects them when the needs arise


Evaluation :


  1. Non Material culture refers to those aspect of our culture that we cannot…….. Or……
  2. Material culture refers to those aspect of our culture that we can………. Or……….
  3. Tribal face mark is an example of……….. Culture
  4. Greetings is an example of………. Culture

Conclusion :


The class teacher wraps up or conclude the lesson by giving out short note to summarize the topic that he or she has just taught. The class teacher also goes round to make sure that the notes are well copied or well written. He or she does the necessary corrections when the need arises.


Assignment :

Prepare for the next lesson by reading about good cultural activities and bad cultural bahaviours



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