First Grade

Garfield Comic Creator

Creative Communicator


Garfield Comic Strip is an online tool or app where students can create a one or three panel comic strip based on the Garfield Comic.  Once students are done, they can download, save it or print it.

Students will:

  • Be able to use the Garfield Comic Creator to create a 3-panel comic with characters and a beginning, middle and end.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Comic: A comic is a sequence of drawings telling a story in a newspaper or comic book.

  2. Beginning: The beginning is the part of the story where characters, setting, and (sometimes) the problem are introduced.

  3. Middle: The middle is the part of the story where events happen.

  4. End: The end is the part of the story where the problem is solved.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch the online tutorial on how to use Garfield Comic Strip Maker.

  • Create your own comic as an example.

  • Watch Jack Hartman's Parts of a Story

  • Decide how you want to group students (individual, pairs, etc)

  • You can do this activity as a culmination to parts of a story, or as a revisit.

  • Set parameters. What do you want students to have?

  • Some suggestions can be found in this rubric.

  • Think about the audience. Who will they share this with?

  • You may want to come up with a few topics to guide students.

    • Who woke up Garfield?

    • What did Odie Do?

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Watch Jack Hartman video on Parts of a Story

  2. Demonstrate Garfield site, either watch the video or demonstrate on your own to the class.

  3. Pair up the students, or have each student complete their own comic.

Different options for assessing the students:

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Garfield Comic Strip Creator

Garfield Rubric

How To Use Garfield Comic Creator

Parts of a Story

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.3 Write narratives in which they recount two or more appropriately sequenced events, include some details regarding what happened, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide some sense of closure.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.


Write a comic about a math problem.

The students will write a comic about what could sink or float.

Write a comic about your neighborhood. 

This task card was created by Courtney Conley, Utica Schools, January 2019.