Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
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.
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.
- Comic to print or display: Comic 1.
- Reading Suggestions:
-How Could You?: Kids Talk About Trust by Nancy Loewen
-Finding An Adult That You Can Trust from Amaze.org