Communication Social Studies Primary 5 Second Term Lesson Notes Week 9

Subject: Social Studies
Class: Primary 5
Term: Second Term
Week: Week 9
Topic: Communication

Sub-topic: Understanding the Process of Communication

Duration: 45 minutes

Behavioural Objectives:

  • Explain what communication is
  • Identify different means of communication
  • Recognize the importance of effective communication
  • List examples of olden days and modern communication tools
  • Understand the role of feedback in communication

Key Words: Communication, Feedback, Medium, Olden Days, Modern Days

Entry Behaviour: Students should be familiar with the concept of exchanging information and ideas.

Learning Resources and Materials:

  • Textbooks: Lagos State Scheme of Work for Social Studies
  • Wall charts illustrating various communication tools
  • Pictures depicting olden days and modern communication methods
  • Online resources for additional information

Building Background/Connection to Prior Knowledge:

  • Reviewing students’ prior knowledge of exchanging information in previous lessons
  • Relating everyday experiences where communication is involved, such as conversations, phone calls, and using the internet

Embedded Core Skills:

  • Critical thinking: Evaluating different communication methods
  • Communication skills: Participating in discussions and expressing ideas clearly
  • Observation: Identifying various communication tools and their purposes

Learning Materials:

  • Worksheets with fill-in-the-blank questions
  • Interactive activities to engage students in discussions
  • Role-playing scenarios to demonstrate effective communication

Instructional Materials:

  • Wall charts displaying examples of olden days and modern communication tools
  • Pictures or slideshows illustrating different communication methods
  • Videos showcasing real-life examples of effective communication


  • What is Communication? Communication is sending and receiving information, ideas, or thoughts between people through mediums. Effective communication requires feedback to ensure understanding.

Fill-in-the-Blank Questions:

  1. Communication is the process of sending and receiving __________ from one person to another. (b) information
  2. Effective communication aims to get __________ feedback. (d) effective
  3. Teaching involves giving pupils information and ideas to help them solve __________. (b) problems
  4. If pupils can’t answer simple questions related to the topic taught, there is a __________. (b) problem
  5. Effective communication in teaching means ensuring pupils __________ the teacher’s ideas. (c) understand

Theory Questions:

  1. What is the primary goal of communication?
  2. Why is feedback important in the process of communication?
  3. How does teaching relate to effective communication?
  4. What is the consequence if pupils cannot answer questions related to what was taught?
  5. Why is it crucial for teachers to communicate their ideas effectively to students?

Media of Communication: Olden Days:

  • Fire in the mountain
  • Town crier
  • Letter writing
  • Special items with hidden meanings like snail shells and white clothes

Modern Days:

  • Television
  • Radio
  • Internet
  • Satellite
  • Telephone
  • Fax
  • Email
  • Text messages
  • Facebook
  • Projector
  • Google Classroom, Google Hangout
  • Zoom


  1. In the olden days, communication was sometimes signaled by __________ in the mountains. (a) fires
  2. The __________ played a crucial role in sharing news in traditional communities. (b) town crier
  3. People used __________ as a means of written communication. (c) letters
  4. In the past, special items like snail shells and white clothes were used for communication with __________ meanings. (a) hidden
  5. In modern times, we rely on __________ for information, entertainment, and news. (b) televisions

What Makes Communication Effective: For communication to be effective, there must be a means for feedback.

What Makes Communication Not Effective:

  • Fear
  • Obsolete communication gadgets
  • Climatic conditions
  • Disobedience

Discussion about Communication:

  1. What is communication?
    • Communication is the process of exchanging information, ideas, or thoughts between individuals or groups.
  2. Why is communication important?
    • Communication is essential for conveying messages, sharing knowledge, expressing feelings, and building relationships.
  3. What are the types of communication?
    • There are various types of communication, including verbal (spoken), non-verbal (body language), written (letters, emails), and visual (pictures, symbols).
  4. What are the barriers to effective communication?
    • Barriers to communication include language differences, distractions, misunderstandings, cultural differences, and physical barriers.
  5. How can I improve my communication skills?
    • You can improve your communication skills by actively listening, being clear and concise, practicing empathy, and seeking feedback.
  6. What are some examples of communication tools?
    • Examples of communication tools include telephones, computers, email, social media, letters, and face-to-face conversations.
  7. What is the difference between effective and ineffective communication?
    • Effective communication results in understanding and clarity, while ineffective communication leads to confusion, misunderstandings, and conflict.
  8. How can I communicate better with others?
    • You can communicate better by being attentive, using appropriate language, considering the audience, and being open to feedback.
  9. What role does feedback play in communication?
    • Feedback is essential for confirming understanding, clarifying messages, and improving future communication interactions.
  10. How does technology impact communication?
    • Technology has revolutionized communication by enabling faster, more convenient, and global exchanges of information through various platforms and devices.

Evaluation :

  1. Communication is the process of exchanging __________ between people.
    • a) gifts
    • b) information
    • c) laughter
    • d) music
  2. Effective communication aims to get __________ feedback.
    • a) colorful
    • b) repetitive
    • c) productive
    • d) effective
  3. Teaching involves giving pupils information and ideas to help them solve __________.
    • a) mysteries
    • b) problems
    • c) riddles
    • d) stories
  4. If pupils can’t answer simple questions related to the topic taught, there is a __________.
    • a) celebration
    • b) problem
    • c) surprise
    • d) solution
  5. Feedback is essential in the __________ of communication.
    • a) beginning
    • b) middle
    • c) process
    • d) end
  6. To communicate well, teachers must use methods that help students __________ the material.
    • a) avoid
    • b) grasp
    • c) break
    • d) drop
  7. Communication involves sending and receiving __________.
    • a) information
    • b) food
    • c) pets
    • d) dreams
  8. When pupils don’t understand, it means the teacher hasn’t __________ ideas properly.
    • a) shared
    • b) communicated
    • c) hidden
    • d) discovered
  9. The goal of teaching is to help pupils solve __________ questions.
    • a) complex
    • b) simple
    • c) colorful
    • d) musical
  10. Communication happens through __________ mediums.
    • a) limited
    • b) available
    • c) crowded
    • d) noisy
  11. Effective communication is about ensuring the message is __________.
    • a) lost
    • b) found
    • c) understood
    • d) ignored
  12. When there’s no feedback, the process of communication is __________.
    • a) complete
    • b) confusing
    • c) lacking
    • d) troubling
  13. The class teacher’s role is to teach in a way that pupils can __________.
    • a) enjoy
    • b) ignore
    • c) understand
    • d) repeat
  14. Communication involves transmitting __________ from one person to another.
    • a) music
    • b) information
    • c) art
    • d) technology
  15. Feedback helps determine if the __________ has been successfully conveyed.
    • a) message
    • b) book
    • c) problem
    • d) celebration


  1. Introduction (5 minutes):
    • Greet the students and review the previous lesson on wages and income.
    • Introduce the new topic of communication and its importance in daily life.
    • Ask students to share examples of how they communicate with friends, family, and teachers.
  2. Main Lesson (20 minutes):
    • Define communication as the process of exchanging information, ideas, or thoughts between individuals or groups.
    • Discuss different means of communication, including verbal, written, and electronic methods.
    • Present examples of olden days communication tools like town criers, letters, and smoke signals.
    • Show pictures or videos of modern communication gadgets such as smartphones, computers, and the internet.
    • Explain the importance of effective communication in conveying messages clearly and receiving feedback.
  3. Activity and Discussion (15 minutes):
    • Divide the class into small groups and provide scenarios where effective communication is essential.
    • Encourage students to discuss how they would communicate in each scenario and why it is important.
    • Facilitate a class discussion where students share their ideas and experiences with different communication tools.
    • Correct any misconceptions and emphasize the significance of feedback in the communication process.
  4. Wrap up (5 minutes):
    • Summarize the key points discussed during the lesson.
    • Review the importance of effective communication in everyday life.
    • Assign homework tasks related to the lesson content, such as researching olden days communication methods or interviewing family members about their preferred communication tools.


  • Observe students’ participation and engagement during class discussions and activities.
  • Evaluate students’ understanding through oral questioning and responses.
  • Review completed worksheets or assignments to assess comprehension and application of concepts.

Evaluation Questions:

  1. What is communication?
  2. Name one example of an olden days communication tool.
  3. Give an example of a modern communication gadget.
  4. Why is effective communication important?
  5. How does feedback contribute to effective communication?
  6. Describe one scenario where communication is essential.
  7. What are the different means of communication?
  8. How have communication tools evolved over time?
  9. Explain the role of technology in modern communication.
  10. Why is it important to understand different communication methods?


  • Review students’ responses and provide feedback.
  • Encourage further exploration of the topic through additional reading or research.
  • Thank the students for their participation and encourage them to apply what they’ve learned in their daily lives.


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