Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Bullying

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will learn the difference between joking and bullying.

Know Before You Start: Students should be made aware of school policies on bullying.


  • Share and discuss the sample comic.
  • In small groups, have students discuss each scenario:

    • Is it joking or bullying? 
    • How do they know? 
    • Have they ever seen something like this happen? Has it happened to them? 
    • How do you cope or support the victim in this situation?


  • Create a three-panel comic describing a bullying scenario where the bully thought they were joking, but another person felt bullied


  • Have students discuss their comics.
    • Was it easy telling which was playful joking and which was bullying?
    • Why or why not?
    • How might today’s comic scenarios make an impact on how we interact with friends and peers? 


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide questions for small group discussion.

  • Provide sentence frames as needed.

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.