Types of Family in Nigeria

Subject :

Social Studies

Topic :

Types of Family in Nigeria

Class :

Primary  1/ Basic 1


Term :

1st Term


Week :

Week 4

Reference Materials :  .

Online Materials

Scheme of work


Instructional Materials :..

  • Pictures of family members
  • Make pupils dress and act daddy and mummy play in the class
  • Role playing
  • Family album



Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have previous knowledge of family



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

  • Mention types of Family
  • Say the family members in nuclear family
  • Mention members of extended family



Content :

A family consists of father, mother or mothers and children.

There are two types of family; they are:

1 Nuclear family

2 Extended family


Nuclear family

A nuclear family is a simple family made up of a father, a mother and their children.

In other words, the members of a nuclear family are father, mother, sons and daughters.

A nuclear family can also be referred to as immediate family.

In some situations, a man may have more than one wife. All the wives will still belong to the nuclear family.

This is common among the Muslims.






A nuclear family (a father, A nuclear family (a father, Two wives and two children) two wives and two children)



Extended family

An extended family refers to all the people that are related by blood through one’s father or mother. It is made up of many nuclear families.


The members of an extended family include:

1 Uncle: The brother of one’s mother or father

2 Aunt: The sister of one’s mother or father

3 Nephew: The son of one’s brother or sister

4 Niece: The daughter of one’s brother or sister

5 Paternal grandfather: The father of one’s father

6 Paternal grandmother: The mother of one’s father

7 Maternal grandfather: The father of one’s mother

8 Maternal grandmother: The mother of one’s mother

9 Father–in–law: Father of one’s husband or wife

10 Mother–in–law: Mother of one’s husband or wife.

When our relations like uncles, aunts and cousins are from our mother’s side they are known as maternal relations, but when they are from our father’s side, they are known as paternal relations.





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 :


  • State types of family


  • Explain types of family.


  • Mention two types of family


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

the roles of family members



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