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 celebrating their unique strengths and passions.

Know Before You Start: Pair students with someone they don’t know well.


  • 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.
  • Have students spend 10-15 minutes interviewing a classmate using the following prompts or questions of their own:
    • What are some of your favorite hobbies outside of school?
    • What is something you are really good at that no one really knows?
    • Where are some of your favorite places to go?
    • What is one dream or goal you hope to accomplish in your life?
    • What is your dream future career?


  • Have students create a comic featuring this classmate which includes:
    • Their classmate's avatar.
    • A background that represents their classmate's favorite place to go.
    • Outfits, poses and thought or speech bubbles that reflect their classmate's interests.
    • Use the classmate's name to name the comic and provide a caption with words describing their personality and characteristics.


  • Create a Celebration Wall featuring each student as a member of the class community.
  • Reflect:
    • 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?


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide a written copy of the interview questions with visuals. 
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.