Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins

Topic: Routines

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will organize premade comics in the order that aligns with how they live their own morning routines.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand the meaning of routines and why they are important.

Hook: Discuss the importance of routines.

  • How many of you have morning routines?
  • How do those routines make us successful?

Activity: Use the sample comic of morning routines to explore your own routines.

  • Each student will need something to write on/write with for activity.
  • Display the sample routine comic. Each routine is numbered. 
  • Have students order the routines in the comic according to when THEY do them at home. E.g., if they brush their teeth first they should write down five first.  If they watch TV next, then they should write down eight next. 
  • The goal is to align the comics to the order of their real-life routines. If they don’t do one of the routines, they can skip that number. 
  • When they’re finished, each student should have a string of numbers showing their own routines in order. 

As an extension, have students create a personalized routine comic of their own.

Closure: Ask the students to share their personal routine orders. Have them compare their routines to others. Students can write/discuss the following reflection questions: 

  • Is any routine better? Why or why not? 
  • How do routines help us with being successful in school? 
  • What if you changed a routine you already have, would that make you feel a certain way? Would it be better?
  • What are some different routines we’d like to add to our day to help us be more successful?


  • Print the comic and have students sort the pictures based on their routine.

  • Provide sentence frames for discussion questions.

  • Allow students to create their own comic that shows their morning routine.


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