Have students create a list of 20 little things to treasure about: _________. You can choose the topic. Here is an example using the fall season:
20 Little Things To Treasure in Autumn
- Quiet dinners by the fire
- Reading mystery novels in darkened rooms
- Flannel sheets at the end of a long day
- Candles Flickering
- Smelling cinnamon, oranges & cloves
- Roasts, Potatoes & Carrots
- Fluffy feather beds on a cold night
- Watching movies snuggled in soft blankets
- Cozy socks
- Pie in the oven
- Warm crackling wood stoves
- Squash with buttered brown sugar
- Chili and corn bread smothered in honey
- Wind blowing through leaves
- Glow of lamps through windows
- Laughter filling a room
- Scrabble and popcorn
- Caramel apples
Use this printable sheet and copy it onto fall colored paper. Have students create thankful leaves by writing directly on the leaves. You can choose to do this activity in a general way or have students focus on what they are thankful for from each other as we did with the bucket drops.
Additional leaf shapes can be found here:
Students are often asked at this time of year to recall all for which they are thankful. It may involve one lesson or a week’s worth of lessons and/or a culminating activity on the last day before the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead of making Thanksgiving break the stopping point for thankfulness, why not make it the starting point? Students can start a gratitude journal over Thanksgiving break and maintain it until winter break. This way, middle school students can truly see the many people, places, and things for which they should give thanks.
The premise is simple. Write the date and list 5 things that you are grateful for every day. This can be accomplished the “old fashioned way”, or online or on your itouch or iphone!
Online, students can use this template to print or save in a word document.
You could also create a wiki for your advisor where they collectively add to an online gratitude journal.
itunes also has an app called Gratitude! Click the gratitude tab to see what it looks like.