Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Trust

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Objective: Explanation, Narration


RELATIONSHIP SKILLS: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.

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

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

My Trust Team! - Exemplar comic, panel 1 My Trust Team! - Exemplar comic, panel 2 My Trust Team! - Exemplar comic, panel 3 My Trust Team! - Exemplar comic, panel 4

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

  • 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. It 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 3-4 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 trust them. 
  • For fun, 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 out to present to the class.


  • Provide sentence starters "I trust ____ because _____."
  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow extra time to brainstorm with a peer or teacher.