Roles of extended family members

Subject : Social Studies


Topic :


Roles of extended family members


Class :


Primary  3/ Basic 3


Term :


1st Term / First Term


Week :


Week 3


Instructional Materials :

  • Lagos State Scheme of Work
  • Textbooks On Social Studies
  • Online Materials
  • Ezoic
  • Picture Charts




Previous Knowledge :

The pupils have been taught

Roles of Nuclear Family Members 


in their previous lesson


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

  • Explain the roles of members of the family
  • Explain the roles of the extended family members




Extended family

The extended family means all the people that are related by blood through the father or mother. Members of the extended family, apart from the father, mother and children, are grandparents, uncle, aunt, cousin, nephew and niece.



The roles of the extended family include the following:

1 The grandparents when they are around, help in taking care of the children while the father and mother are at work.


2 The grandparents give advice to their grandchildren. They do this in the form of storytelling. For example, a grandfather may tell the grand children stories in order to teach them a lesson on honesty, sense of value or appreciation.

3 The aunts when they are around also help the mother to take care of the children and even to cook.

4 The uncles also help to take care of the entire extended family. They do this by teaching morals to their nephews and nieces.


5 The uncles and aunts give money to help members of the extended family.

6 Members of the extended family help to protect the child from external physical attack.

7 They make the child identify himself as mentor of the one large family.


8. They pass down family values and morals from one generation to another 

9. At times they settle disputes or quarrel between father and mother if the need arise

10. Members of the extended family are the custodian of family customs, culture and tradition 





1. The extended family includes all people related by blood through ________ or ________.
a) Father and mother
b) Siblings
c) Friends
d) Neighbors

2. Who helps take care of the children when the parents are at work?
a) Grandparents
b) Friends
c) Teachers
d) Strangers

3. Grandparents often share advice through ________.
a) Text messages
b) Storytelling
c) Phone calls
d) Emails

4. What do uncles and aunts do to help the mother?
a) Go shopping
b) Cook meals
c) Watch TV
d) Play games

5. What do uncles and aunts sometimes provide to help the extended family?
a) Homework
b) Money
c) Toys
d) Clothes


6. Members of the extended family help protect children from ________.
a) Rain
b) Snow
c) External physical attack
d) Homework

7. The extended family makes the child feel like part of ________.
a) A school
b) A secret club
c) One large family
d) The neighborhood

8. What do they pass down from one generation to another?
a) Family recipes
b) Family values and morals
c) Family pets
d) Family vacations


9. When might they settle disputes between parents?
a) During family picnics
b) If the need arises
c) Never
d) Only on holidays

10. Who are the custodians of family customs, culture, and tradition?
a) Teachers
b) Friends
c) Extended family members
d) Strangers





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

  1. The five people that make up the extended family are grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and nephews/nieces.
  2. The role of grandparents in the family includes helping take care of children when parents are at work, giving advice through storytelling, and passing down family values and traditions.
  3. Four roles of members of the extended family are: aunts help with child care and cooking, uncles teach morals to nephews and nieces, cousins provide companionship, and grandparents offer guidance and support.
  4. My father‚Äôs brother is called an ‚Äúuncle.‚ÄĚ
  5. My aunt or uncle‚Äôs children are my ‚Äúcousins.‚ÄĚ

Evaluation :

1.Mention the five people that make up the extended family

2. What is the role of grandparents in the family?

3. Explain the role of four members of the extended family

4. My father’s brother is called ………………………

5. My aunty or uncle children are my

Conclusion :

The class teacher gives out ó brief note that is based on the topic that has just been taught.





Assignment :