Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins
Topic: Self Confidence
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will create a motto using Mad-Lib type sentence frames.
Know Before You Start: Students should understand what a motto is and why words can make us feel more confident in ourselves.
- Ask students if they have ever heard the motto “Think before you speak.”
- What does that mean to you?
- Why do you think it’s a powerful motto?
- What are some other well known mottos?
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- Would it be helpful to start the day by remembering these mottos?
- Explain that mottos are great reminders of what we believe in, what inspires us, or what we want others to know about us.
- Have students choose one of the three pre-made “Mad-Lib-style” sentence frames in the sample comic to help them write a personal motto.
- Have students create a one-to-three-panel comic using their chosen motto.
- Have students share their mottos with their peers.
- Print and display the comics around the classroom.
- Have students reflect on these questions:
- How do you plan on using your motto?
- Do you think it’s OK to change your motto? Why or why not?
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Have a list of adjectives on the board or on paper for some students to refer to.
- Provide a list of motivational adjectives.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.
- I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for Kids by Wynne Kinder.
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