Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
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.
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.