Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will take a comic-based collaboration self-assessment to reflect on collaboration skills and goals.
Know Before You Start: Students should know the definition of collaboration and have past collaboration experience.
- Define and discuss collaboration.
- Who do you work well with, or collaborate with, well?
- Why do you think you work well with them?
- When was the last time you had challenges collaborating with someone?
- Why was it challenging?
- Explain that working with others can be easy or challenging depending on who we are working with or what we are working on at the time. Most importantly, we have to be aware of our own collaboration skills so we can be better at working with others.
Activity: It’s time to assess our collaboration skills!
- Display a digital or print version of the sample comic question prompts.
- Have students answer each question on a piece of paper.
- Have students create a three-to-six-panel comic explaining a problem they've run into when collaborating with others and how they were able to work through it.
- Have students tally their scores - how many of each letter they chose - and explain what their scores mean:
Mostly A’s: You like collaborating and give everyone a chance to participate. A challenge you can work on is trying different groups or partners to work with to see if your skills are consistent every time.
Mostly B’s: You are a successful collaborator and sometimes struggle with different parts of expressing yourself or agreeing with others. A goal you could work on is taking a break before responding to others and trying out other ideas before trying yours.
Mostly C’s: Collaboration is fun for you and a goal you can work on is being patient with others while also being open to listening to their ideas and being flexible when things don’t go your way.
Possible Reflection questions to discuss after activity:
- Write down a collaboration goal you will practice next time you work with a partner or group.
- Was there anything surprising about the quiz results for you? Why or why not?
- Do you always need to be successful in collaboration? Why or why not?
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.
- Recommended Reading:
- What We’ll Build: Plans For Our Future Together by Oliver Jeffers.
- 111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh.
- The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright.