Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Decision Making Skills

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use comic reflection questions to learn how to make good decisions at home and in school.

Know Before You Start: Students should know the differences between good choices and challenging choices.

Hook:

  • Read and discuss the sample comic.
    • What are some goals you have for this week?
    • How will you complete those goals?
    • Are there any challenges that you might face when trying to complete them? 
  • Remind students that it’s easy to hope that things are accomplished without a plan. But making a plan helps those goals actually become a reality.

Activity: It’s time for students to create a decision making comic!

  • Digitally display or print out the three prompts found in the comic captions.

  • Have students use these prompts to reflect about three choices they are going to make to meet a small goal for the week. 

  • On a piece of paper or premade template, students will list one situation or goal they are focusing on for the week. Goals may relate to social situations that are overwhelming them, academic concerns, personal goals or health needs. 

  • Next, have students list three choices they will need to make in order to accomplish their goal, and any possible challenges they may face in making the right decisions to be successful.

  • Have students create a three-to-six-panel comic illustrating instances where they may have to make a tough decision.

Closure: Have students share their comics with a partner. These peers can serve as accountability partners that will check in with them daily to ensure they are making the best choices to meet their goal.

Differentiation:

  • Use Think-Pair-Share strategy.

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

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