Lesson Plan

Learning How to Practice Gratitude

It all starts with gratitude. In this lesson, students will reflect on what they are grateful for and create a gratitude card and web of gratitude.
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Learning Objectives

Students will understand what gratitude is and engage in a gratitude practice.


(5 minutes)
I Am Grateful
  • Gather students into a circle either seated in chairs or on the floor.
  • Remind students about the raised hand attention signal and the talking piece.
  • Welcoming: Circle time always begins with everyone being welcomed into the circle. Model welcoming a student and then have each student welcome the student sitting next to them. Be sure to rotate who sits where so students introduce different classmates. Example: “Hello Bella, welcome to our circle!”
  • Optional: create a new greeting every week. For example, have students toss a small ball or bean bag to each other once they greet another student, then the student with the object greets the next student, etc.
  • Once every student has been welcomed, retrieve the talking piece.
  • SEL Focus: Tell students that today during their circle time, they are going to talk about gratitude and what they are grateful for.