First Day of a New School Year

Students will think about how they and others are feeling about the return to school. The comic prompts them to empathize with a number of feelings kids may have about returning to school, and consider how to be a good friend to their classmates.

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Class instructions: Read this comic about a teacher and some of her students preparing for the first day of school. Then imagine that you are placed in a group with these three students to talk about the first day of school. How do you think the conversation might go? What would each student need to hear in order to have a great day? Make a comic that includes you and your version of these three characters that shows how you think the conversation might go.

Teacher instructions: If you haven't already done so, start by having your students set up Pixton accounts and create their avatars. It might help to set a timer of 7-10 minutes for this. You can show them a class portrait when they all finish! They will then need some time to explore the comic builder and the features. Giving them time to make something of their own will help them focus and engage better with the prompt once you give it. Then, share this comic with the class before reading the directions. Let students know they do not need to reproduce the look of the three characters, just the feelings. Remember to save some time for sharing and discussion. You may want to put the students in groups of 4, just like the teacher in the comic, to share and discuss their comics before giving groups a chance to share with the class. Your discussion could lead to sharing how your students are feeling about being back in school and ways to support classmates, taking time to consider the many ways each person might feel.