Subject: Special Education

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Time Management and Planning

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: This lesson is intended to reinforce what to do during daily routines to help students be successful and minimize disruptions in the classroom.

Know Before You Start: Choose a common routine, or a routine that needs to be reinforced. Try to keep the routine as concise, and in as few steps as possible.

Hook: Ask students to name some routines that we follow throughout the day e.g., arrival, literacy centers, transitioning to lunch, dismissal. Make a list with the students and circle your targeted routine. Have students act out the routine. Write down the steps to follow that routine.

Activity: Have students create a comic that shows the step by step routine. You can have all students create a comic on the same routine, or you can individualize which routine based on what students are having the most trouble performing in the desired manner. Encourage students to use positive language and facial expressions in their comics. Print out the comics for each student to have as a resource and display one in the classroom.

Closure: Have students share their comics in small groups or with the whole class.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Have students create their comics with an adult.
  • Adapt the routine to match your students’ needs.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.