Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will create comics about personal traditions they celebrate outside of school.
Know Before You Start: It helps for students to know what a tradition is and how traditions build connections.
- Define and discuss traditions.
- What is something special you do outside of school with friends or family?
- How do those traditions feel?
- How do you think they connect you to the people you celebrate with?
- Explain that we create traditions, or special celebrations, to bond with people in our lives. Traditions don’t just have to be on holidays or special days – they can be something you do together often that brings fun and joy!
Activity: It’s time to share special traditions we might have!
- Using the sample comic as a guide, students will create comics illustrating a tradition in their lives.
- The comics should explain the tradition and why it’s special to them. If time allows, students can share multiple traditions.
Closure: Reflection questions you may choose to discuss after the activity:
- Do you and your classmates share similar traditions? Or are they different?
- What ties all of these different traditions together?
- Are there any other traditions you would like to start with your family or friends?
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Brainstorm specific traditions with those having trouble coming up with one.