The holiday season is here, and with it comes a tendency for students to spend a lot of time thinking about what they WANT rather than thinking about what they HAVE. This free, easy, quick activity is a terrific way to help students focus on gratitude and thankfulness. It can be used by the classroom teacher or guidance counselor with students of any grade level.
While the holiday season is a very appropriate time to begin gratitude journals, gratitude journals have been shown to be an effective strategy ANY TIME OF THE YEAR, both at a personal level for students and as a great climate-builder for the classroom. The concept is very simple: Want to feel happier and healthier? If the answer is “Yes!” then begin writing about the people and things for which you are thankful. How easy can it get?! Journal time can be embedded almost anywhere in the school day… during writing instruction, as a morning routine activity, as a guidance lesson, or as an end-of-the-day wrap-up activity.
While the journaling can be done on notebook paper, this free download provides some basic templates for journaling along with an easy lesson to use at the onset to explain the benefits of gratitude to your students.