Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning), Special Education

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Self-Awareness

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: This lesson is intended to reinforce and create an individualized calm down strategy for students.

Know Before You Start: Students should be exposed to multiple calm down strategies prior to starting this lesson and be able to identify which strategies work for them.


  • Display a visual of calm down strategies that you have taught you students, or expectations that have already been established.
  • Ask students which calm down strategies help them when they are triggered and experiencing negative emotions.


  • Have students identify a trigger for them, e.g., losing a game at recess, someone cutting you in line, being left out by a friend etc. 
  • Have students create a comic that illustrates their trigger, and then shows them successfully utilizing their calm down strategy.


  • Have students share their comics in small groups or with the whole class if they are comfortable. 


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Create the comic with students individually as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.



  • Comic to print or display

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