After several years in the classroom, I realized that my students needed instruction on HOW to be kind, respectful, and all the things I was asking them to be. I developed these units to support teachers in teaching and rewarding great character in the classroom! Building a classroom community is one of the most important things teachers can do and it greatly impacts our students academically! This unit on GRATITUDE
is part of a year-long curriculum for teaching students how to have great character! However, this unit could also be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching all about being grateful in the classroom. :)
Lesson 1-What Does It Mean To Be Grateful?
Your class will have a discussion about what it means to be grateful. You'll introduce the important words gratitude, grateful, and thankful and discuss them with your class. After your discussion, students will complete an graphic organizer about being grateful.
Lesson 2-What Are We Grateful For?
After discussing what it means to be grateful, your class will create an anchor chart about what they are grateful for. The chart is divided into people, places, things, moments, feelings, and abilities. The goal of this lesson is to get studnets to think outside of "I'm grateful for my toys" and think more deeply about the blessings in their life. After, students will complete their own "My Book of Gratitude." At the end of the lesson, you'll introduce your Class Gratitude Jar where students can add things they are grateful for to share during class meetings.
Lesson 3-How Can We Show Gratitude?
In this lesson, you'll discuss the importance of SHOWING gratitude and not just saying it. Students will work together to sort scenarios by "Shows Gratitude" and "Doesn't Show Gratitude." This lesson focuses on our actions! For example, you'll talk about how taking good care of your toys shows your parents you are thankful! At the end, students will draw and write about how to SHOW appreciation.
Lesson 4-What Does It Mean to Have a Grateful Heart?
For the last lesson, you'll discuss having a grateful heart even when things are hard. For example, you'll talk about how to be grateful even if you really don't like the book your teacher got for your classroom library. You'll discuss "Frustrating Things That Might Happen" and "What A Kid With A Grateful Heart Might Do" to come up with class solutions to some things that might happen. Finally, students will draw and write about having a grateful heart.
This Resource Also Includes
-An Original Poem about Gratitude
-Thank You Cards to Print and Write
-Thank You Flipbook (Cover Page, Thank You For..., I Just Want to Say...)
-Parent Letter about Gratitude
-I am Grateful Writing Page
-Is It Grateful Sorting Page
This unit is part of a GROWING BUNDLE that includes TEN units on character education at a discounted price.
You can also check out VOLUME ONE and the individual units below.
You can also check out Volume One of my Character Education and the individual units below!
You can read more about these units on my blog.