Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins

Topic: Traditions

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.

Hook:

  • 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?

Differentiation:

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Brainstorm specific traditions with those having trouble coming up with one.

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