Students will gain an understanding of the meaning and value of gratitude.
By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:
- Describe what gratitude is
- Identify several people, places, or things they are grateful for
Studies have shown that when we practice gratitude, happiness goes up, stress and depression goes down, and we are able to build stronger relationships with those around us. This lesson provides students time and space to think about and practice gratitude.
The lesson starts with a mindfulness listening activity in which students pay attention to the sounds around them. The Munchy and Jumpy story describes Jumpy grumpily raking the leaves. Then, on a double-day gone wrong, Jumpy sees what it feels like to be starkly alone in the world. Finally, on a second more successful double day, Jumpy learns to appreciate her life, raking and all. After the story, the students take time to focus on all they are grateful for in a mindfulness gratitude activity. Following the activity, the classroom participates in a gratitude circle, sharing one thing they are grateful for and why. Students end by drawing in their journals two things they are grateful for.
Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."
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