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November 6, 2018

Teaching Gratitude in the Classroom {with a FREEBIE}

Gratitude.  We all wish it came naturally to students, but sadly, it does not.  Teaching gratitude in the classroom is a MUST because it shapes each student's personality and outlook on the world.  There are numerous research studies that recommend thinking about gratitude daily and the positive effects that can come from it.  In fact, studies suggest those who set a routine and think about gratitude for a week straight can increase their happiness!  Wow....think about that......in only SEVEN DAYS!!! 

Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful

How do teachers take on such a BIG task?  Here are a few ideas that you can use to cultivate a grateful student in the classroom.

1. GRATITUDE CHAINS


After doing some research, it seems the simplest way to teach gratitude in the classroom is to have the students THINK about what they are grateful for.  That's it.  One of the easiest ways I have found to incorporate this into the classroom is through gratitude chains.  Each day the students come into the classroom and they write down ONE thing they are grateful for on a chain link.  At the end of the day, I will staple them all together.  This will be displayed all around the classroom for the month of November! It would also look cute draping down the hallway or on your bulletin board!  This is a great visual on the many items we are thankful for.


Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful

Or since gratitude and thankfulness are usually discussed more in November, grab my Grateful Turkey Freebie.  



2. GRATITUDE JOURNALS


Sometimes I like my students to get a little more in-depth with their thoughts.  The chains are great for a simple approach, but I incorporate these 22 journal prompts into bell work or our writing time.   Prompts are great to show students that there is more in the world to be grateful for besides your family and toys!  Have you looked outside lately?  What about the talents you possess?  These are all topics that children should explore either verbally or through a journal to help develop their sense of gratitude for themselves and the world around them!  


Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful

Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful



3. THANK-YOU NOTES


Another great way to teach gratitude in the classroom is through thank-you notes.  Thank-you notes allow the students to think about how an individual has positively affected their lives.  It's also a great way to show students that you can be thankful for ANYTHING big or small.  Did someone help you on a problem?  Did someone find something you lost?  Did you have a presenter come to the school to teach something?  Did your parents help you today? Challenge your students to find someone to write a thank-you note to daily.


Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful



4. VISUALS


One of the most powerful ways to show students how grateful they should be for what they have is through social media.  There are so many images out there that show children in 3rd world countries that lack the basic necessities to survive.  Find pictures to share.  Discuss what the children are lacking? What do they need? Why don't they have it?  Then have students write an "I Am Grateful" prompt for their house, clothing, food (even the food they don't like), etc...  Children are unaware that many do without!

An example would be this picture from whiteclouds.com



Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful

All of these ideas can be created independently when you are teaching gratitude in the classroom.  However, if you are interested in saving yourself some time, take a peek at my Teaching Gratitude mini-unit

Teaching gratitude in the classroom is easy to incorporate into your thankful lessons with these ideas and activities.  Each student will have fun reflecting about those who have helped them and what they are specifically grateful for.  A free printable is included to help your kids display their gratefulness!  Perfect for November when we give thanks! These activities are perfect for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students. #elementaryisland #Thanksgiving #grateful

How do you teach gratitude in the classroom?  I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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