Gratitude Journal

This Gratitude Journal activity & project also includes:

If you asked a fifth grader what went wrong in their day, you may get a more thorough answer than if you asked what went well. Help young learners find moments of gratitude throughout the week with a journal template that focuses on finding and reflecting on the ways pupils feel thankful in their everyday lives.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use during Thanksgiving or any other time of the year when you are emphasizing gratitude
  • Have class members jot down short entries every day for a month, and then choose one or two to write a deeper reflection
  • Reserve the first five or ten minutes of your class period every day for a few weeks to allow learners reflective writing time
Classroom Considerations
  • Template is helpful for younger learners but may be restrictive for older writers
  • Journaling tips are helpful for any journaling prompt
  • Encourages elementary and middle schoolers to seek out positivity in their days
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