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.


  • 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?


  • 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.
  • Have students create their own comics showing a “triggering” scenario and include strategies for coping.


  • In small groups or as a class, have students share specific scenes that would trigger 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.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Provide reflection questions. 

  • Pair students with a peer model. 

  • Provide sentence frames for reflection questions and closing conversation.