Lesson Plan

Gratitude and the Environment

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A class discussion begins a two-part instructional activity about gratitude and the environment. In part one, learners watch a video then share their feelings about its most memorable moment. Delving deep into the meaning of gratitude, scholars create an artistic representation of their favorite way to express it. Significant quotes make for a thought-provoking conversation. In part two, participants combine the feeling of gratitude with their awareness of the environment. Small groups research peer-led projects designed to help the environment. They choose a topic and create a plan to make a positive difference. A culminating activity challenges class members to express their gratitude for the environment. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Conduct the lesson in November, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Post discussion questions on a classroom blog, direct pupils to answer them, and reply to at least one peer
  • Keep an eye out for individuals that express gratitude, use positive reinforcement to encourage continued behavior 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson takes approximately two class periods to complete
  • Requires writing paper or journals as well as art materials
Pros
  • Stresses the importance of showing gratitude regularly
  • Includes one extension activity
  • Encourages working together 
Cons
  • None
Common Core