Science of Gratitude | November & Thanksgiving | Nonfiction Mini Lessons

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Perfect resource for Middle and High School students for Thanksgiving or any time of the year! Cross-curricular literacy reading selections on the scientific benefits of gratitude.

Don't just tell your students they should be grateful - demonstrate the scientific reasons behind why they will benefit by developing the habit of gratitude. These mini-lessons are fully editable and include differentiated writing responses and activities. Use portions throughout the school year, as you need. You can use these mini-lessons as bellringers, lessons, closers, transitions, sub plans, etc.


➛Teacher’s Guide

➛Anticipatory Set

➛The Science of Gratitude w/ Responses

➛Mental Habits Survey


➛You Might Change Just Change Your Life

➛Ponder This …

➛Gratitude Makes Us Healthier

➛Thoughts – Draw Conclusions

➛The Habit of Gratitude

➛Brainstorm Ways to Give Back

➛The Science

➛Paraphrase Activity

➛A Serving of Gratitude and Summary

➛Envy and Resilience with Hypotheticals

➛Our Memories with Activity

➛Inspiring Acts of Kindness (Readings and Responses with Self-Check)

➛Steps to Deeper Feelings of Gratitude

➛Thinking as a Community

➛Thankful for … Cards

➛Living in a Material World

➛“How Materialistic Am?” I Self-Assessment

➛Time Frame

➛Future Me

➛Quotes with Opinion Writing

➛Ways to Nurture Gratitude Regularly

➛Tweets, Messages, and Old-School Notes

➛Ways to Make Others Feel Important

➛How Can I Express My Appreciation?

➛Letters of Gratitude with Stationary Options

➛Online Research – Links and Notes

➛Small Group Role Play

➛Good Things in My Life

➛Eight Quick Methods

➛Gratitude Calendar

➛Personal Benefits of Gratitude Synthesis and Categorization

➛Blank Sheets to Customize

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Classroom Procedures and Expectations

Total Pages
32 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text’s explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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