Gratitude Classroom Guidance Lesson
I am THANKFUL for...
Students will be able to explain the meaning of "gratitude".
Students will be able to express what they are grateful for.
Materials: "I am THANKFUL for..." handout, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
students what the previous month's character trait was (responsibility)
them what holiday is at the end of this month (Thanksgiving)
today's lesson we are going to be talking about being thankful and grateful
you ever heard the word, "gratitude"?
does gratitude mean?
-Show them the definition of "gratitude"
am going to read you the book, Chrysanthemum.
Raise your hand if you have read this book before.
your hand if you can tell me some rules you are supposed to follow when there is a
reader in your classroom.
I'm reading Chrysanthemum, I want you to listen to see if you can figure out
what Chrysanthemum is grateful for.
was Chrysanthemum grateful for? (her name)
she always appreciate it? (no)
like Chrysanthemum, we don't always appreciate the things we should, sometimes
it takes a while for us to truly be grateful for things.
You might not always be grateful for your family, the may get on your
nerves one day. Then, you might
finally realize that you need them and love them, and therefore you become
grateful and thankful that you have them.
are some things you all are thankful for? (write a list on the board)
was grateful for her name. We are
going to do an activity with our names. Who
has ever written an acrostic poem?
are going to write acrostic poems with our names. (show the example)
each letter in your name and think of a word, or a couple words that will
describe something you are thankful for.
each student an "I am THANKFUL for" handout.
they work on their acrostic poems, walk around and help and encourage them.
time permits, have a few student volunteers share their poems with the class.
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