UNIT 3 Learning about Basic Electronics

This lesson is about the identification of household electronic appliances and their uses as well as how to present them in a lesson to basic school learners.


In this lesson, we shall discuss identify of household electronic appliances and their uses as well as how to present them in a lesson. This will enable you to be conversant with some domestic electrical appliances or instruments, which are designed for a particular use or function, like cooking, cleaning and food preservation. The unit is also intended to help you acquire pedagogical skills in teaching basic electronics.


Purpose for the lesson

This unit is intended to assist you to

  • Identify some common household electronic appliances or instruments.
  • Make sketches of household electronic appliances and label them.
  • Use some common household electronic appliances appropriately.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge to teach the subject matter.

(NTS 1b, 2b, 3a, p. 13) (NTS 1d, p. 12, p. 14), (NTS 3e, p. 14), (NTS 3p, p. 14), NTS 1a,

  1. 12).


Learning Outcomes Learning Indicators
Identify and name some basic electronic appliances
  1. Make a list of household electronic appliances
  2. Identify the uses of the household electronic appliances stated
Acquire the pedagogical skills on teaching basic electronics
  1. Give a list of resources that can be used to teach household electronic appliances
  2. Provide a step-by-step sequence in teaching household electronic appliances


Teaching and learning resources

Make a list of items that can help you teach household electronic appliances to basic school learners. They may include;

  • Television
  • Fan
  • Blender
  • Washing machine
  • Barbecue grill
  • Radio
  • Bulb
  • Iron, etc.


Use the ones that are familiar to the learner you are teaching.


Lesson Introduce

Think about how you will begin this lesson with a particular grade. Which ways do we begin lessons. You can start your lesson by asking learners to mention some items they see in their home. The items can be in the kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, etc.


Meaning of Home appliance

Home appliance is defined of as “an instrument or device designed for a particular use or function”. Collins English Dictionary defines “home appliance” as devices or machines, usually electrical, that are in your home and which you use to do jobs such as cleaning or cooking”. The broad usage, afforded to the definition allows for nearly any device intended for domestic use to be a home appliance, including consumer electronics as well as stoves, refrigerators, toasters and air conditioners.



You can form groups of 3 members of mixed abilities of your learners so they can identify some common household electronic appliances using chart (example above) of electronic appliances and real objects of household and name appliances brought to class.

You can allow learners to sketch household electronic appliances and label them.

Guide learners to state a particular use or function of all the selected household electronic devices. Examples are: electric iron, blenders, water heaters, electric fan, vacuum cleaner, electric stove, refrigerator, television, microwave, toaster, air conditioner and washing machine (Take the simple ones to the classroom while bigger ones will be displayed on a chart/computer).

Uses of Household Electronic Appliances

Television: TV offers lots of benefits to us:

  1. Because of its ability to create powerful touchstones, TV enables young people to share cultural experiences with others.
  2. TV can act as a catalyst to get children reading.
  3. Television can teach children important values and life lessons.
  4. Educational programming can develop young children’s socialization and learning skills.
  5. News, current events and historical programming can help make young people more aware of other cultures and people.
  6. Documentaries can help develop critical thinking about society and the world.
  7. Cultural programming can open up the world of music and art for young people.

Adapted from https://mediasmarts.ca/television/good-things-about-television

Electric fan:  It is used our homes to;

  1. Cool Down your rooms
  2. Sleep easier
  3. Keep humidity in check
  4. Protect your bathroom


Blenders are used both in home and commercial kitchens for various purposes, including to:

  1. Grind semi-solid ingredients, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, into smooth purées.
  2. Blend ice cream, milk, and sweet sauces to make milkshakes.
  3. Mix and crush ice in cocktails
  1. Crush ice and other ingredients in non-alcoholic drinks
  2. Emulsify mixtures
  3. Reduce small solids such as spices and seeds to smaller solids or completely powder
  4. Blend mixtures of powders, granules, and/or liquids thoroughly
  5. Help dissolve solids into liquids


Washing machine

  1. Cleans clothes
  2. Cleans your shoes
  3. Cleans your backpacks
  4. Cleans in bulk – in most commercial and industrial operations.
  5. Cleans more efficiently, with better stain removal, and lesser water and soap, than manually.


Make a short step-by-step PowerPoint/poster presentation on how to teach basic electronics to the basic school learner (Name your grade, eg: class 2 and make sure your class depicts your course of study).



The assignment should be submitted to kbbfrempong3@gmail.com


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