How do you teach the concept of gratitude to your children?
We reinforce the idea all year long, but as we approach Thanksgiving, we take special care to talk about the many things we are grateful for.
I have two free ideas to share with you all about giving thanks and spreading kindness.
GRATITUDE AND KINDNESS CLASS BOOKS
We do a whole class project based on Random Acts of Kindness.
This is a simple page to send home with students. The task is to simply write about an act of kindness they have done or seen in the past. This hopefully promotes a family discussion about the importance of kindness, and specific, meaningful examples that are relevant to their family.
When the page is returned to school, we have a heartfelt class discussion. Students are proud to share, and intrigued by other stories.
These pages make a lovely display in the classroom or hallway. Afterwards, I bind the pages to create a class book. We keep this in our classroom library, and younger siblings love to read them in the years to come. Many will exclaim “I remember when my brother did this project at home!”
This is a free download if you’d like to try it with your class. The parent information and book cover are included as well.
Click below to get it!
MORE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING RESOURCES
If you are looking for more lessons about kindness, you can check out the unit from The Kindness Classroom. It is a year long curriculum to teach a number of essential social skills. See the topics below, and click HERE to see LOTS of pictures, sample lessons and free resources in the preview!
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I AM THANKFUL – WRITING TEMPLATES
Our second project is a differentiated activity about recognizing all of the things we have to be thankful for.
Younger students color and draw their ideas, while older students have a place to write more.
Click below to try it for free!
I hope these will help your discussions about kindness with your students!
I’d love to hear about how you used them!