Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Triggers

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Using comic scenarios, students will reflect on what triggers them and how to cope with those triggers.

Know Before You Start: Students should know the definition of the word trigger.

Hook: Read and discuss the comic as a class or independently.

  • What does  the term trigger mean?
  • If you were in any of these situations, how much would it trigger, or upset, you?”

Activity: Have students reflect on each comic scenario and write down answers to the following questions: 

  • Does this situation trigger you? Why or why not? 
  • If it would trigger you, what could you do to cope with the situation? Be specific.

Closure: In small groups or as a class, have students share specific scenes that would be triggering for them and why. This is a great opportunity to review compassion and positive intent; different situations trigger different people and being mindful of those possibilities will make the classroom environment successful and welcoming to all.

Extension: Have students create their own “triggering” scenarios in a comic. Don’t forget to add helpful tips on how to cope!


  • Print out reflection questions for activity. 

  • Pair students with a peer model. 

  • Provide sentence frames for reflection questions and closing conversation.

  • Allow students to use Pixton to show how they are triggered. Encourage students to utilize action and facial expression features.