Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 40 - 60 min (depends on depth of discussions)

Topic: Social Awareness

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

Objective: Evaluation, Informing

Standards:

The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others.

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

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

Celebrate Your Peers! - Exemplar comic, panel 1

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

Explain: A lot of times we 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 a bit 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: Students will now create a comic cell featuring this classmate which includes:

  1. An avatar that looks like their classmate
  2. A background that mirrors their peer’s favorite place to go
  3. Outfits and poses that align to the interviewee’s interests
  4. A thought or speech bubble that includes dialogue related to their classmate’s interests
  5. The peer’s name in the caption along with three supportive/kind descriptive 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 knows you better in class?

Resources: Gr 4-5: All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman.

Gr 6-7: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman.

All grades: Real Kids Real Stories Real Change by Garth Sundem.

Example comic to print or display: Comic