A Character Building Resource, “”What Am I Thankful For” is just what you need since you’ve run out of steam, you’re ready for Thanksgiving recess, and all your kids talk about is what they’re gonna eat for the holiday, They tend to forget that Thanksgiving is so much more than turkey, food and fun. You want to help them realize the true meaning of the season, and appreciate their blessings.
This activity will get your kids to thinking about what they’re thankful for as they write it down on colorful cards and add them to a decorated box.
As educators, we know that when we do something kind or charitable for another person, it is not only beneficial to them, but it allows us to feel some warm fuzzies too. This good feeling is something we hope to instill in our students, especially during the holiday season.
※A thankful person spends less time comparing himself/herself to others which leads to less jealousy.
※It helps children realize that others can do something nice for them even though they don’t have to.
※It gives children the ability to understand other people’s feelings and to have a sense of belonging in the classroom community.
✎This is what you’ll get:✎
✎Complete lesson plan
✎Colorful set of line and unlined cards
✎Black/White lined and unlined cards
✎Images for decorating your Thanksgiving box.
Now for a bit of my story:
When I did this with my 6th graders, they loved it because it gave them a chance to look within and realize how lucky they were. I was amazed at some of the things they wrote. Andres was thankful for his grandpa who helped him deal with his parent’s divorce. Kayla felt that she couldn’t do anything right and was thankful to me for helping her realize that she had many abilities, among them was drawing, she was truly an excellent artist. Jeremiah was so thankful that his favorite uncle was a cancer survivor. You never know what’s going on in a child’s life. Of course, this caused me to shed a few tears. Needless to say, we all went home that Wednesday, looking at Thanksgiving a little differently.
This resource can be used for:
✔ Middle School
✔ Upper Elementary
✔ Special Ed Classrooms
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Common Core Standards: L.4.1, L.5.1, L.6.1, L.7.1