Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Trust

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will illustrate avatar versions of people in their lives that they trust and can confide in.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of the term trustworthy.

Hook: Ask: How do you know you can trust someone? 
Let students voice their ideas. Write them on a large piece of paper with the title “Our Trust Team Must…”  Students' answers could include:

  • They don’t lie to you. 
  • They don’t tell your secrets.
  • They support and cheer you on.
  • They listen and give advice.
  • They show empathy/sympathy.
  • They follow through on promises/commitments.
  • They communicate honestly with you.
  • They make you feel safe.

Explain that they are going to create a comic version of their “Trust Team”, a group of people in their lives that they can rely on. A Trust Team member can be an adult, a friend, a family member; anyone in their life that they trust and has the qualities on the “Trust Team” list.

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, students will create a comic about their Trust Team. 

  • Select three or four people that have Trust Team qualities.
  • Each panel should include an avatar of a person along with a caption describing who they are and why they are trusted. 
  • Students can use speech bubbles to share something that person would say.

Closure: Students can share their Trust Team in a digital gallery or print them to present to the class.


  • Provide sentence starters (e.g., "I trust ____ because _____.").

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

  • Allow extra time to brainstorm with a peer or teacher.