Writing Letters of Gratitude

A lesson begins with a discussion on gratitude—what does it mean, and for who are learners thankful? Scholars share their thoughts and feelings then choose a community worker to which they wish to share their gratitude. Writers compose a letter using an appropriate format then mail it to the recipient. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create a gratitude-themed focus wall that showcases the three reproductions provided with the lesson
  • Revisit the lesson throughout the school year to boost writing skills and spread kindness around your community
  • Invite one or a few community workers to the classroom to speak about their profession
Classroom Considerations
  • It is helpful if participants are familiar with letter writing, but not mandatory as the lesson offers plenty of modeling
Pros
  • Several links guide you to related content
  • The lesson addresses the social and emotional learning concept—social awareness
Cons
  • None
Common Core