Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 45 mins

Topic: Relationship Skills

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7


Practice the “ability to build positive relationships, especially with diverse individuals and groups, using a variety of methods such as active listening, and communication and conflict resolution skills.” (Source:

Brief Description: Set your students up for life in and out of school by teaching them about healthy vs unhealthy relationships.

Know Before You Start: This lesson works well as part of an overall unit on social emotional skills and relationship building.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic. What makes this interaction healthy? What would be an unhealthy response to Mrs. Bigg’s friend’s request? 

  • Discuss the things that make a friendship or school relationship healthy, and what makes them unhealthy. Focus on respect and compromise.


  • Have  students create a minimum 3 panel comic showing their understanding of healthy vs unhealthy relationships.

  • The comic should include an interaction between two people and a conflict.

  • The comic may show a healthy or unhealthy interaction. If the interaction is unhealthy, a caption must explain why the interaction is unhealthy. 

  • Remind students to consider the following as they create their comic: How do we demonstrate respect? How do we compromise to make decisions?  How do we respect each others' boundaries?


  • Read the comics aloud to the class reinforcing what was healthy or unhealthy about the interactions shown. 

  • Display the comics on a bulletin board or online.


  • Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.

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

  • Provide printout of the sample comic for student reference.

Resources: Comic to print or display: Comic.