Create a Procrastination Villain!

Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Procrastination

Grade Level: 4, 5

Objective: Explanation

Standards:

SELF-MANAGEMENT The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.

Brief Description: Students will learn to fight off procrastination and hone their writing skills by creating a “Procrastination Villain” comic.

Know Before You Start: Knowing the definition of the word “procrastination” will be helpful to students.

Create a Procrastination Villain! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Create a Procrastination Villain! - Exemplar comic, panel 2

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic. If procrastination was a person, what would they look like? What if they were a villain in a comic book? What kind of evil superpowers would they have? Sometimes creating a visual of a bad habit, like procrastination, helps us be more aware.

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-panel comic with the following parts: 

  • Panel 1:  Design a “Procrastination Villain” -- a character that represents putting off important things. The character must include an evil super power that causes the student to procrastinate. (Examples: “Hypnotize them with video games instead of finishing homework” or “Trap them in a time vortex so they always forget due dates.”
  • Panel 2:  Show your avatar defeating the Procrastination Villian using dialogue that shows a helpful anti-procrastination tip. (Examples: “I ask for help when I feel overwhelmed or “I set a timer to stay committed to my homework.”

Closure:

  • In pairs, students can share their villain comics to discuss how they are working to overcome their own time-management issues. Students can give feedback on other ways to combat procrastination. 

  • Remind students to think of this villain the next time they want to put off a project, homework assignment, or chore. What would they say to their Procrastination Villain when they feel like procrastinating?

Differentiation:

  • Pre Teach “procrastination” and provide visuals. 

  • Allow students to use speech-to-text as needed.

  • Allow students to work in pairs. 

  • Provide examples of procrastination students can choose from.

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