Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Grade Level: 4, 5
Standards / Framework:
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.
Hook: Sometimes creating a visual of a bad habit, like procrastination, helps us be more aware.
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?
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, e.g.,“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, e.g.,“I ask for help when I feel overwhelmed" or “I set a timer to stay committed to my homework.”
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?
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.