Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Trust

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will illustrate 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 students how they know they 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 and sympathy.
    • They follow through on promises and commitments.
    • They communicate honestly with you.
    • They make you feel safe.
  • Explain that they are going to create a comic about 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; or anyone in their life that they trust and who has the qualities on the “Trust Team” list.


  • 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 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.


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


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide sentence starters (e.g., "I trust ____ because _____.").

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

  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.