Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 40 mins - 1 hour

Topic: Social Awareness

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will interview a classmate and create a comic panel celebrating their unique strengths and passions.

Know Before You Start: It helps to intentionally pair students with someone they don’t know well.

Hook: Select a volunteer. Ask the class if they can guess this classmate’s favorite cartoon? Favorite candy? Repeat with several students. 

Explain that we often stick to a small group of friends and don’t have the opportunity to really get to know the awesomeness of everyone in our classroom. Today we are going to get to know each other better and celebrate with each other.

Have students spend 10-15 minutes interviewing a classmate using the following prompts or questions of their own: 

  1. What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of school?
  2. What is something you are really good at that no one really knows?
  3. Where are some of your favorite places to go? 
  4. What is one dream or goal you hope to accomplish in your life? 
  5. If you could have any career in the future, what would it be?

Activity: Have students create a comic panel featuring this classmate which includes:

  1. An avatar that looks like their classmate.
  2. A background that represents their classmate's favorite place to go.
  3. Outfits and poses that align to their classmate's interests.
  4. A thought or speech bubble that includes dialogue related to their classmate’s interests.
  5. The classmate's name in the caption along with three supportive or kind words describing their personality and characteristics.

Closure: Print or digitally curate a “Celebration Wall” of each student as a reminder of the class community. 

Possible Reflection Questions: 

  • Why is it important to know more about our peers than what we see or what’s on the surface? 
  • How does it feel to know that someone in class knows you better?

Differentiation:

  • Provide a student copy of the interview questions with visuals. 
  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed.

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