• Grades 3-5
  • Visual Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • English & Literature
  • Math

Creating Comic Strips
How can you weave together words and pictures in a comic strip to create a nonfiction story?

In this 3-5 lesson, students will create original mathematical concept comic strips. They will explore comic strips as a form of fiction and nonfiction communication. Students will become familiar with Peanuts comic strip characters in the form of video and print media. The class will present and share the collection of comic strips as a math reference book to students in a lower grade.

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Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Analyze the evolution of comic strips using the familiar Peanuts comic strips and other comic strips.
  • Explore comic strips from the perspective of a story (setting, characters, plot).
  • Evaluate comic strips by looking at words, pictures, and how they work together.
  • Create an original comic strip to convey mathematical information.
  • Share original comic strips with younger students as a reference tool.


Standards Alignment

Recommended Materials

Pencils, fine-tip markers or pens, Snoopy in SpacePeanuts Motion Comics: Independence Day, Early Peanuts Comics Strips, Make Beliefs Comix, Pixton, Digital Storyboard Maker, Comic Strip Template 


Teacher Background 

Teachers should review the lesson and standards. Math standards are suggested but not limited to the ones listed. Visit CCSS Math Standards for more information. Review the book, Comic Strips: Create Your Own Comic Strips from Start to Finish by Art Roche. Select a video from the  Peanuts Collection or Snoopy Collection (example: Peanuts Independence Day). Exploring the following resources is also helpful prior to teaching the lesson: Early Peanuts Comics Strips (1950-1968), age-appropriate comic strips, an example Math Comic Strip, the history of comic strips, and parts of a story.


Student Prerequisites 

Students should be familiar with grade-level math and parts of a story (setting, characters, plot).


Accessibility Accommodations

Adapt math materials as needed and allow extra time for task completion.

  • Original Writer

    Carol Parenzan

  • Editor

    JoDee Scissors

  • Updated

    December 9, 2019

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